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Extra: HBO docs to stream on Kanopy; Ji.hlava winners announced

Kanopy signs licensing deal with HBO Documentary Films Kanopy, the free-to-user streaming site backed by educational institutions, has become home to HBO Documentary Films in the U.S. and Canada. A new licensing ...
October 30, 2018

Kanopy signs licensing deal with HBO Documentary Films

Kanopy, the free-to-user streaming site backed by educational institutions, has become home to HBO Documentary Films in the U.S. and Canada.

A new licensing deal has put 43 docs from the studio’s library up on the streamer.

Available titles include King in the Wilderness, Gloria: In Her Own Words, Traffic Stop, The Final Year and more.

The titles join tens of thousands of fiction and non-fiction films on Kanopy, available for free to members of partnering educational institutions in North America.

“Acquiring such rich titles from HBO supports our continued effort to appeal to our audience’s wide range of needs and interests,” said Kanopy founder and CEO Olivia Humphrey, in a statement. “Students and faculty at our partnered academic institutions now have access to riveting documentaries, allowing them to further expand their knowledge and love for thought-provoking content.”

Enclosed World wins big at Ji.hlava

The Czech Republic’s Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival has unveiled this year’s award winners, including Karel Žalud’s Enclosed World (pictured), which picked up the prize for Best Czech Documentary Film.

The 22nd festival hosted 161 titles in competition across all sections.

The Belgian film Vacancy, by Alexandra Kandy, walked away with the Best World Documentary Award. The Romanian Timebox from Nora Agapi won in the Between the Seas section, and the Argentinean Owner’s Portrait from Joaquín Maito, a documentary essay, was awarded Best Debut Documentary Film.

Meanwhile, Blending and Blinding, by Australian director Richard Tuohy, won Best World Experimental Documentary Film, while Jana Boršková’s Passengers took the Student Jury prize.

Legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard was awarded the Achievement in World Cinema Award. Godard also wrote this year’s festival jingle.

Elsewhere, the Silver Eye Award went to Jan Gebert’s When the War Comes, while the best festival poster award went to Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

Studiocanal signs up to TRX

French prodco and distributor Studiocanal is the latest high-profile distributor to sign up to TRX, online software designed to connect TV rights buyers and sellers to close rights deals more efficiently.

The deal includes the entire Studiocanal catalog, which will soon be available on TRX.

TRX currently boasts more than 1,000 buyers and over 110 worldwide distributors who have already registered for the service since its launch in 2016, including BBC Worldwide, Lionsgate, Sky Vision, All3Media, Cineflix, Off the Fence, Red Arrow and Beta Films. The TRX service now hosts 70,000-plus hours of available content and is adding 10-12 new buyers every week.

The service has also acquired over US $15 million from investors including Sky Ventures, Channel 4 Growth Fund and Edge Investments.

“With this agreement, we hope to further optimize the value of our catalog by making it available to all buyers, regardless of their location or their ability to move or not on traditional markets, which of course remain unavoidable for us,” said Yann Le Prado, EVP library at Studiocanal, in a statement.

(Updated at 3 p.m.)

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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