IF/Then Shorts Pitch Competition winners announced
The Tribeca Film Institute and In-Docs have unveiled the winners of its IF/Then Shorts Pitch Competition for Short Documentaries.
The joint award went to four projects by filmmakers from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines and offers completion funding, mentorship and distribution support.
The winning projects include Cha Escala and Kristoffer Brugada’s Bullet-Laced Dreams (Philippines), Aminda Faradilla’s The Songbirds of Aceh (Malaysia), Ucu Agustin’s How Far I’ll Go (Indonesia), and David Darmadi and Lidia Afrilita’s Diary of Cattle (Indonesia).
Baby Ruth’s Touch the Color (Philippines), meanwhile, was awarded a direct commissioning grant from Al-Jazeera and will be broadcast on the news network’s ‘Witness’ documentary strand.
In-Docs Docs also announced 10 documentary projects that would receive prizes along with 13 projects to receive receive further funding and mentorship support, completion funding and distribution from the new By The Sea Co-Production Fund from Indonesian startup GO-JEK, Bekraf and In-Docs.
The 13 projects include: Rheza Arden Wiguna and Banu Wirandoko’s Sculpting the Giant (Indonesia); Arfan Sabran’s The Flame (Indonesia); Gerry Apiryan’s Don’t Talk About Freedom (Indonesia); Ray Nayoan’s Rato and I (Indonesia); Shalahuddin Siregar’s A Boarding School (Indonesia); Tonny Trimarsanto’s My Big Sumba Family (Indonesia); Wahyu Utami Wati’s The Other Half (Indonesia); Gugun Junaedi and Lutfi Wahyudyanti’s The Plastic Bag Journey (Indonesia); Andi Hutagalung’s Nchay Looking for Haven (Indonesia); Ismail Fahmi Lubish’s Help is on the Way? (Indonesia); and IF/Then Shorts winners The Songbirds of Aceh and How Far I’ll Go.
“Our decision to bring IF/Then Shorts – TFI’s short documentary fund and distribution initiative – to Southeast Asia is driven by our deep respect for the region and its abundance of character-led, community-grounded stories that have yet to reach international audiences,” said Mridu Chandra, the director of IF/Then Shorts at Tribeca Film Institute, in a press release.
Bomanbridge sends From Above to Asia-Pacific
Singapore-based content distribution and production agency Bomanbridge Media has sent Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s blue-chip franchise docuseries From Above (pictured) to pubcasters across the Asia-Pacific region.
Produced by Bertrand’s Hope Productions, the franchise includes Morocco From Above, Algeria From Above, Mediterranean: A Sea For All and Bangladesh: Climate Change.
The package programs have been acquired by key broadcasters including China’s CCTV 9, Taiwan’s PTS, Hong Kong’s TVB, Vietnam’s VTV, Thailand’s True Visions and TPBS, Brunei’s RTB and SBS Australia.
CNN Español to air Madonna doc
Sabbatical Entertainment’s new doc Crazy for Madonna (Locos por Madonna), which celebrates the queen of pop’s 60th birthday, will enjoy its primetime premiere on CNN Español this Sunday (Aug. 12) at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
The one-hour film follows Madonna’s career, spanning more than four decades, covering her career as a singer, actress, dancer, writer, producer and fashion icon.
Casting a wide net, the doc doesn’t shy away from controversy, celebrating Madonna’s reputation as a troublemaker.
“Madonna has rebelled for decades, a trailblazer in her profession, an impassioned feminist as well as an activist for LGBT [rights], she stands emphatically against racism, and now takes on ageism,” said Carla Duarte, creative director of Sabbatical Entertainment, in a statement.
This is Sabbatical Entertainment’s fourth documentary in CNN Español’s ‘DocuFilms’ strand. Others include biographies on designers Christian Diorand Yves Saint Laurent, and the soccer documentary Draw.