Extra: SXSW names Jury winners, Autentic inks sales

In today's 'Extra' wrap, SXSW announces its Jury Award winners, while Autentic Distribution inks deals across Asia and Earth Touch secures international sales. (Pictured: Keith Maitland's Tower)
March 17, 2016

SXSW announces Jury Award winners

The 2016 edition of the SXSW Film Festival unveiled its Jury Award winners at a ceremony in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday (March 15).

In the Documentary Feature Competition, Keith Maitland‘s Tower (pictured), an animated look at America’s first mass school shooting, took home the Grand Jury prize and the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award, while Matt Ornstein’s Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America, documenting a man who befriends the Ku Klux Klan, was awarded the Special Jury Recognition for Portrait Documentary. Cinematographer Lee Daniel was honored with the Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography for Laura Dunn’s The Seer, a portrait of the world through the lens of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry.

The Short Film Jury Awards, meanwhile, honored Dan Taberski‘s These C*cksucking Tears, about Pat Haggerty and the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, with the Jury Award; while Terri Timely’s Dollhouse, on an artist who attempts to create realism through newborn baby dolls, received the Special Jury Recognition.

Autentic Distribution closes Discovery deal for Asia

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has acquired 12 hours of factual content from Cologne-based distributor Autentic Distribution. Included in the deal are the Autentic- and LIC China-produced series Hot Roads: The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and Asia: Secret Lives, Hidden Places. The latter program was produced by Autentic, LIC China and Germany’s Eikon.

Discovery Networks has also picked up two one-off specials that include Java in Jeopardy: Exploring the Volcano from German prodcos Hoferichter & Jacobs and Little Train, as well as another international copro from Autentic, German broadcaster NDR and LIC China.

Earth Touch scoops international sales

Wildlife and fact-ent producer-distributor Earth Touch has secured global deals for a raft of titles. Sweden’s SVT, Spain’s Odisea, PBS in the U.S., the UK’s Eden and Discovery Latin America have acquired India’s Wandering Lions (1 x 50 minutes) and Manas: Return of the Giants (1 x 50 minutes). Discovery Asia has also picked up India’s Wandering Lions. Both specials are produced by Ammonite and Kosmik Global Production.

Nippon TV Japan, YLE Finland and France 5 have taken Drain the Titanic (1 x 60 minutes). NHK Japan, meanwhile, has acquired Drain the Bermuda Triangle (1 x 60 minutes). Both specials, produced by Mallison Sadler Productions, have also been picked up by the UK’s Channel 5, China’s CCTV, Spain’s TVE and Czech broadcaster Prima Zoom.

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