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Extra: “Solo”, “Teach” among Ji.hlava IDFF winners; Bunim/Murray taking “Watch!” to U.S.

Solo, Teach take Ji.hlava IDFF awards The 23rd edition of the Czech Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival has unveiled its 2019 award winners across five categories. The best Czech documentary award went ...
October 29, 2019

Solo, Teach take Ji.hlava IDFF awards

The 23rd edition of the Czech Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival has unveiled its 2019 award winners across five categories.

The best Czech documentary award went to French director Artemio Benki’s Solo (pictured), while Romanian film Teach, from director Alex Brendea, took the jury prize in the Between the Seas section.

Meanwhile, the award for the most notable international documentary film went to director Lina Zacher’s Fonja, and Belgian film Aphasia took home the best documentary debut award.

Finally, Kazakhstani director Sergey Dvortsevoy was awarded the Contribution to World Cinema Award.

The festival trophy of the 23rd annual Ji.hlava IDFF was designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Media Ranch scores raft of format deals for Watch!

Format prodco and distributor Media Ranch is sending its game show format Watch! to 10 territories.

Created by veteran producers Dan Munday and John Kirhoffer, Watch! sees two teams of four watching an elaborate variety show, with the team remembering the most of what they’ve watched positioned to win it all.

Banijay Group’s Bunim/Murray Productions has acquired Watch! for the U.S.; RDF/Fizz is taking the format for the U.K.; Warner took the show for Denmark; ITV acquired the show for Sweden; and Endemol Shine is taking it to Italy, Spain and Portugal.

These deals come on the heel of three other deals announced three weeks ago, with Talpa Germany, WeMake from France and Matchbox Pictures, an NBCUniversal International Studios company from Australia.

Dance Revolution heads to China, Russia

Armoza Formats, part of ITV Studios, has inked a co-development deal with Chinese broadcaster Hunan TV, which includes the launch of a local version of Quebecor Content and Fair-Play’s format Dance Revolution.

Dance Smash has already become a hit in China, produced by Hunan TV, Armoza, TVA and Fair-Play.

The format, and original Dance Revolution, sees dancers compete, to be judged on a 360-degree shot of their most spectacular “Revolution” moment using state-of-the-art technology, all for a cash prize.

A Russian adaptation of Dance Revolution has also been commissioned by Channel 1.

The format first aired in Canada on TVA.

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