The 8th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 3 to 10) has ended, and organizers report a marked increase in attendance numbers. Documentaries had a noticeable presence this year from the outset: Brett Morgan and Nanette Burnstein’s doc The Kid Stays In The Picture was the festival opener. Winning the award for best documentary features was The Last Reunion: A Gathering of Heroes by Brent Wilson. A special jury prize went to Klezmer on Fish Street, by Yale Strom. The audience award for best documentary went to Rick McKay’s Broadway: The Golden Age by the Legends Who Were There.
The winners of the 35th annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards have been announced in Washington, D.C., U.S. The recipients of the awards for ‘outstanding reporting of problems of the disadvantaged’ include radio, television and print journalists. Boston, U.S.-based WGBH’s ‘Frontline’ strand won a domestic prize for An Ordinary Crime and ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ won an international award for the special series Hidden Lives.
The D-Word Forum (along with cosponsor the Independent Film Project) is holding the online discussion ‘The Art of the Historical Documentary’ from April 21 to 25, 2003. New York, U.S.-based doc-maker St. Clair Bourne (Making ‘Do the Right Thing’) will take part in the discussion. To participate, register at //www.d-word.org.
Toronto, Canada’s Hot Docs festival (April 25 to May 4) has announced that German director Werner Herzog will be present at the North American premiere screening of his new film, Wheel of Time. Herzog is associated with the New German Cinema movement of the 1970s and is known for such films as Nosferatu.
HDFEST, which bills itself as the world’s only high-definition film festival, will hold its next event in Los Angeles, U.S. June 5 to 8, 2003. A total of 40 HD films will be screened. Admission is free to the public, but advanced registration is required. Visit //www.hdfest.com for more information.
The International Documentary Association (IDA) has issued a call for submissions for its annual awards competition. The awards gala will be held in Los Angeles, U.S., on December 12, 2003. The early deadline for features and shorts is May 17. For more information, visit the IDA site at //www.documentary.org.
The deadline for entries to the Japan Wildlife Festival (August 21 to 24, 2003) in Toyama City is April 30 – and all tapes should be at the festival office by May 15. For details on regulations and how to apply visit the festival website at //www.naturechannel.jp.
Organizers of the second Three Continents International Documentary Film Festival are calling for submissions. Docmakers from Asia, Africa and Latin America with human rights themed films are invited to apply. The event is held in a variety of urban and rural locations in South Africa, including Johannesburg and Cape Town from September 3 to 24. The deadline for submissions is June 1. For more information go to //www.3continentsfestival.co.za
The IFP in New York, U.S., is calling for submissions for its 25th annual IFP Market in the following sections: ‘No Borders International Co-Production Market’: documentary works-in-progress (Deadline: May 16); and ‘Spotlight on Documentaries’: documentary features, works-in-progress and shorts (Deadline: June 2). Go to //www.ifp.org for details and forms.