Under The Wire, Evelyn garner BIFA nominations
Under The Wire (pictured), Chris Martin and Tom Brisley’s story of two journalists in worn torn Syria, and Orlando Von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara’s portrait of family grief in Evelyn are just two of the feature documentary films nominated for Best Documentary by the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) on Wednesday (Oct. 31).
The BIFA’s celebrate the best of UK indie talent across 24 categories. More than 140 British films were submitted for consideration with 37 different British feature films nominated across award categories.
The other films nominated in the Best Documentary category include Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story from director Steve Sullivan, an intimate look at Chris Sievey, the man who created the legendary Manchester papier-mâché headed comedian Frank Sidebottom. In Steve Eastwood and Elhum Shakerifar’s Island, audiences witness the private moments of four individuals who are at their end of life. And in Felipe Bustos Sierra’s Nae Pasaran, the director tells the true story of a group of Scottish factory workers who refused to repair Chilean warplane engines in protest against Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in 1973.
Winners of the 21st edition of the BIFA’s will be announced in a ceremony on Dec. 2 at Old Billingsgate in London.
A full list of the nominations can be found here.
APA Agency signs Karga Seven Pictures
Los Angeles- and Istanbul-headquartered prodco Karga Seven Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has signed to APA Agency.
The international production co currently has 10 series in production across eight networks and has produced the docuseries Shot In The Dark for Netflix; Hunting Hitler on History; and the series Booze Traveller for Travel Channel.
Karga Seven was previously signed to CAA.
CITVC’s The Great Wall heads to Austria, France
China International Television Corporation’s (CITVC) international version of its documentary The Great Wall has been sold to Austrian television channel ORF and France 5.
The 12-episode revamped international version, based off The Great Wall: The Story of China, features historical stories and figures from an international perspective. The documentary reproduces the Great Wall’s 3,000-year-old symbolism juxtaposed with its existence in the modern world; and provides interviews with Great Wall experts at home and abroad who share their latest archaeological discoveries.
The doc is a joint production of CITVC, Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, Beijing Keying Media Co., and The BTV Documentary Channel, and a joint creation of CITVC and Pre TV in Austria.
The film made its debut on Oct. 26 simultaneously on The BTV Documentary Channel and Chinese video streaming platform Tencent Video, who purchased the doc’s digital broadcasting rights.
The Great Wall is slated to air later this year on ORF and France 5.
Hat Trick Intl’s Whose Line is it Anyway? to debut in the Middle East
Indie distributor Hat Trick International has inked its first-ever format deal to adapt Whose Line Is It Anyway? for the Middle East.
Commissioned by TeN TV from Egypt-based Global Productions, the local adaptation will consist of 14 episodes and is slated to bow in December this year to audiences across the Middle East.
The deal adds to the other 13 international adaptations for the unscripted comedy show including Australia (Foxtel); Finland (MTV3); the Netherlands (BNN-Vara); and Vietnam (Dong Tay Promotion).
Whose Line is it Anyway? features four guest performers who improvise their way through a series of games, some of which rely on audience suggestions, to garner points awarded by the host with the goal of winning the opportunity to read out the closing credits in a style chosen by the host.
Hat Trick Productions’ original Whose Line is it Anyway? aired for a decade on UK pubcaster Channel 4 and ABC in the U.S. from 1988 to 1998. Rebooted in 2013, a new U.S. version, produced by Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions, is now in its seventh season on the CW.