Extra: FRAPA plans Format Day, Sundance honors “Bacon”

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Sol Friedman's Bacon & God's Wrath (pictured) wins the short film jury award for non-fiction at Sundance, and Scripps Networks Interactive launches Food Network's first pan-regional LatAm series.
January 27, 2016

“Bacon & God’s Wrath” awarded Sundance non-fiction short film prize

Canadian director Sol Friedman‘s Bacon & God’s Wrath (pictured) has claimed this year’s non-fiction jury prize for short filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. The nine-minute film, which enjoyed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, documents a 90-year-old Jewish woman reflecting on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time. Awards for short films were presented at the festival on Tuesday (January 26).

This year’s short program included 72 films across all genres selected from more than 8,700 submissions. Bacon & God’s Wrath beat out 17 documentary shorts that included Julie Zammarchi’s The Saint of Dry Creek, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s Peace in the Valley, Razan Ghalayini’s Entrapped, and Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon’s I Am Yup’ik.

Food Network plates first LatAm pan-regional series

Scripps Networks Interactive has ordered the first Latin America pan-regional docuseries, Destino Con Sabor (16 x 30 minutes), for Food Network.

The Producing Partners-made series will follow Venezuelan chef Grace Ramirez as she meets with local chefs, farmers and residents across Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru to explore the region’s diverse foods, cultural traditions and heritage. Each episode will culminate with the My Kitchen Rules New Zealand judge serving up a meal inspired by her experiences.

Executive producers on the series include Adriana Alcantara for Scripps Networks Interactive, and Tatiana Issa and Guto Barra for Producing Partners.

Destino Con Sabor is slated to premiere in spring 2016 across Food Network Latin America. The net is available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

FRAPA teams with DISCOP Istanbul on pitch conference

The Amsterdam-based Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) has partnered with DISCOP’s Basic Lead – a B2B event production and marketing agency – to co-organize the Format Day conference and pitching program. The event consists of three conference sessions on IP protection and explores the challenges and opportunities in the CEE and MENA markets.  The Formats Showcase, meanwhile, sees original formats pitched to a panel of industry executives.

The second annual Format Day runs on March 1 during the sixth edition of the DISCOP Istanbul multiplatform content market.

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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.