“City of Ghosts” sells in Australia, Japan and France
London-based distribution outfit Dogwoof has announced a raft of deals for Matthew Heineman’s feature documentary City of Ghosts.
Following theatrical releases in the U.S. and the UK, the latest deals will see the film open in several worldwide territories.
The deals, brokered by Dogwoof, cover Australia and New Zealand (Madman); Japan (Uplink); Benelux (Periscoop); Poland (Mayfly); Singapore (Anticipate Pictures); Turkey (Filmarti); Thailand (Documentary Club); France (Films Distribution); and Italy (Koch Media). The 92-minute film was previously sold to NonStop in Scandinavia, where the film will be released in September.
The doc follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” (RBSS) – a handful of anonymous activists and unwitting journalists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014.
City of Ghosts was directed, produced and filmed Matthew Heineman, exec produced by Alex Gibney, Molly Thompson, Elaine Frontain Bryant, David Fialkow, Stacey Offman, Robert Sharenow and Maiken Baird.
The doc made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it took the Candescent Award, and has since won the Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest; The Fritz Gerlich Prize in Munich; and the Politikens Audience Award at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen.
NITV encourages indigenous filmmakers
Australian broadcaster NITV is calling for up-and-coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers to apply for the fifth annual Spirit Initiative.
Formerly known as the Spirit Award, the Initiative includes a professional development opportunity with NITV in addition to the opportunity to make a short documentary as part of NITV’s doc strand ‘Our Stories’.
The winner will be flown to Sydney for a three-week work experience placement where they will be mentored and trained by NITV staff. They will then be commissioned to produce a 15-minute ‘Our Stories’ doc.
The winner will also be flown to Melbourne with NITV’s Commissions team to attend the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in March 2018.
Applicants must submit a three-minute sizzle reel and a pitch for their 15-min doc.
The winner will be announced at the 19th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju, Western Australia.
Tribeca Film Festival sets 2018 dates, submission deadlines
The Tribeca Film Festival has set its 2018 dates.
The New York event, now in its 17th year, will run from April 18 – 29.
The festival also announced on Thursday (Aug. 10) a call for submissions, inviting filmmakers to submit their feature and short films to the 2018 festival through Withoutabox, an online festival submission system.
The 2018 Festival hopes to build on the momentum from last year’s edition, which saw-record setting attendance and the highest percentage of film sales to distributors.
Submissions will open Sept. 5 for all sections of the Festival, including feature and short films, TV, Immersive, N.O.W. (New Online Work) and the Tribeca X Award.