Festivals, Events and Awards

Commissioners agree to 'meet and greet' in London; the IFP Los Angeles fest calls for films; AIDC announces the projects to be pitched
December 19, 2002

The Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival has lined up several ‘Meet the Commissioners’ events in London, U.K. in the new year. Dan Chambers, controller of factual programs for U.K. broadcaster Five, will speak January 30, 2003, and BBC Choice controller Stuart Murphy will discuss digital youth channel BBC3 March 27. The events include a question-and-answer period and a reception.

The IFP Los Angeles Film Festival has issued a call for submissions to its 2003 edition, which will take place from June 11 to 21. The deadline for short films is February 21, and documentary features must be submitted by February 28. For the complete list of criteria and other information, visit //

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) announced the documentary projects that will have the chance to pitch at the 2003 Australian DocuMart, which will be held during the conference on February 19. Of the 109 applications, 16 were chosen. They include Janet Merewhether‘s Jabe Babe – Story of a Tall Girl and Chris Hilton‘s Onward Muslim Soldiers. For a complete list of the successful applicants, visit //

The third Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival wrapped up on December 15 with an awards ceremony. The grand prize winner in the category of international film was On the Edge of Time: Male Domains in the Caucasus, by director Stefan Tolz. Merit prizes went to Love Inventory, by David Fisher, and Family, by Phie Ambo-Nielson and Sami Saif. Two awards aimed at encouraging local filmmakers were also handed out. The Taiwan Award for best Taiwanese documentary went to Spring :The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu, by Tseng Wen-Chen. The other award, the special Jury’s Prize went to Zero Chou for Poles Extremity.

New York, U.S.-based Columbia University announced the winners of its TV and radio journalism awards for excellence. U.S. pubcaster PBS won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton award for its Frontline series exploring ‘the origins and impact’ of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.

Canada’s Toronto Film Critics Association announced its choices for the year’s best films. In the category of best documentary, Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine came out on top. Peter Mettler’s Gambling, Gods and LSD and Paul Justman’s Standing in the Shadows of Motown were the runners-up.

Sundance’s Third Online Film Festival began on December 16. Log on to // to view any of 31 short films, separated into five categories: Animation, Gallery, Short Subject, New Forms and the Short Film Showcase.

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced some of the panel topics for its 10th anniversary edition in Austin, U.S. They include ‘Film Journalism’, ‘Shorts: Practice Makes Perfect?’ and ‘Filmmaking In The Digital Age’. The festival will take place from March 7 to 15, 2003, with the panels ending on March 11. One highlight will be the world premiere of Canadian director Ron Mann’s Go Further, a documentary that follows American actor Woody Harrelson as he journeys from Vancouver, Canada, to Los Angeles, U.S., on his ‘Simple Organic Living’ tour.

HypeFest (July 25 to 27, 2003) has issued a call for entries to its event in Hollywood, U.S. The deadline for early submissions is February 15. After that, submissions will be accepted until April 30. For more information, visit their website at //

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