Jane Magnusson wins doc award at European Film Awards
Bergman: A Year in a Life, the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary from director Jane Magnusson, has been feted with the European Documentary award at the 31st European Film Awards on Saturday (Dec. 15) in Seville, Spain.
The 117-minute film (pictured) follows the life and career of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. It is produced by Fredrik Heinig and Mattias Nohrborg.
“Bergman was the first president of the European Film Academy, and getting this award on his 100th anniversary feels amazing,” said Magnusson, upon accepting her award. “Happy birthday wherever you are.”
More than 3,500 members of the European Film Academy – filmmakers from across Europe – voted for this year’s European Film Awards.
Food Network locks multi-year deal with Ina Garten
Celebrity chef Ina Garten has inked a multi-year deal with Discovery-owned Food Network, including the continuation of her signature series.
The deal includes new seasons of Garten’s 30-minute cooking-made-easy series Barefoot Contessa, as well as several hour-long seasonal specials.
“Our audience adores Ina – she is truly a culinary legend and embodies everything Food Network viewers crave,” said Courtney White, president of Food Network, in a statement. “Her one-of-a-kind personality, warmth and food expertise have made Barefoot Contessa a long-running hit and we are thrilled to confirm brand-new seasons.”
Brown Girls Doc Mafia announces grant, co-directors and board
Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM), an organization that advocates for women and non-binary people of color in the documentary industry, has been awarded a MacArthur grant and unveiled its new board of directors.
The board is made up of filmmaker Ursula Liang, Denae Peters of Film Sprout, and Nicole Tsien of PBS’ ‘POV American Documentary’, and will work in conjunction with the organization’s co-directors Iyabo Boyd and Tracy Nguyen-Chung.
BDGM has also been awarded a two-year US$105,000 grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
“Brown Girls Doc Mafia was formed to tackle a myth that has been repeated in industry conversations, hiring discussions, festival programming meetings, and funder circles: that there aren’t many filmmakers of color worth paying attention to, especially not women of color. This lack of research and semi-conscious bias has discouraged, marginalized, and isolated legions of women filmmakers of color in documentary for generations,” said BGDM founder and co-director Boyd in a statement.
“BGDM provides a nourishing atmosphere where women filmmakers of color and their projects can incubate, and women industry representatives of color can evolve in a safe place. With this expanded team, and the infusion of support from MacArthur, we’re able to pursue our priorities of community, visibility, access, sustainability, growth, creativity, and power at a higher level.”