Extra: “Betrug” to bow at DOK Leipzig; AIDC opens entries for The FACTory

Kindergarten crime story to open DOK Leipzig The annual DOK Leipzig festival held in Germany will open with David Spaeth’s documentary Betrug (Betrayal). The Eikon Südwest and SWR copro tells the story of a ...
October 4, 2017

Kindergarten crime story to open DOK Leipzig

The annual DOK Leipzig festival held in Germany will open with David Spaeth’s documentary Betrug (Betrayal).

The Eikon Südwest and SWR copro tells the story of a man whose pleasure in deceiving others leads him down a path of crime. Bastian, an unemployed retail dealer, dreams of the seemingly carefree lifestyle enjoyed by Munich’s middle-class parents in the Schwabing borough, and of a place for his disabled son in the local municipal kindergarten.

To kickstart his luck, Bastian revamps his biography, winning a kindergarten place for his son and a position as financial director of the kindergarten. With his new identity, Bastian expands his scam into a complex web of lies, loosing himself in his new identity.

“We decided on ‘Betrug’ for an opening film that is surprising in style,” said festival director Leena Pasanen, in a statement. “It is an unconventional crime story that is told from the comfort of the sofa and whose ingenuity unfolds progressively. The story reveals itself only by degrees.”

Betrug will celebrate its world premiere at DOK Leipzig.

The 60th edition of the festival runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, in Leipzig, Germany.

Royal Television Society opens entries for RTS Television Journalism Awards 2018

Britain’s forum for television and related media, Royal Television Society (RTS), has launched the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2018.

The awards seek to recognize news and current affairs journalism in 19 categories, by organizations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK-based platform or who create online video content from a UK production base.

In other news, Sue Inglish, former head of political programs at the BBC, will take over from Stewart Purvis as chair of the awards.

“In an era of fake news, high-quality journalism has never been so important,” said Inglish, in a statement. “The RTS Television Journalism Awards seek to recognise the best in news and current affairs reporting. I am delighted to be the new chair and look forward to celebrating the achievements of the many highly talented and dedicated people in the industry.”  

The awards will be presented on Feb. 28, 2018, at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

AIDC opens entries for The FACTory

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has opened FACTory, its International Pitching Forum for documentary and factual projects.

Taking place at the annual AIDC Marketplace, The FACTory gives filmmakers and producers the opportunity to pitch nonfiction screen projects directly to local and international buyers and decision makers.

Producers get immediate expert feedback on their work, and the chance to secure funding, pre-sales and development deals.

For the first time in 2018, projects selected for The FACTory will also compete for The Unfinished Prize for Documentary valued at $50,000.

Previous decision makers and buyers have included representatives from BBC Storyville, Canal+, PBS USA, CuriosityStream, Discovery, National Geographic, VICE, ABC, SBS, Vendetta Films, The Guardian, NHK Japan, Tribeca Film Institute, BBC Scotland, Sky TV NZ amongst others.

The FACTory will take place March 6, at the Deakin Edge auditorium as part of AIDC 2018, which runs March 4 to 7 in Melbourne.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.