Extra: DOK Leipzig opens entry call; Blue Ant buys Aussie nature mag

DOK Leipzig 2018 is open for entries German documentary festival DOK Leipzig has placed a call for artistic documentaries, animated films, animated documentaries of all lengths, and interactive works for its ...
March 5, 2018

DOK Leipzig 2018 is open for entries

German documentary festival DOK Leipzig has placed a call for artistic documentaries, animated films, animated documentaries of all lengths, and interactive works for its 61st edition.

Submissions may be nominated for one of the festival’s six competitions and several special awards, with a total prize money of up to €75,000 (US$92,352).

Eligible films must not have screened publicly before Oct. 1, 2017. World and international premieres will be favored and a German premiere of the film at DOK Leipzig is mandatory for all six competitions.

DOK Leipzig, which runs Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, serves as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards and the European Film Awards.

All films submitted until May 5 will receive a binding feedback on their selection status by end of June. Final entry deadline for films and for interactive works is July 7.

Find more information on the call here.

Blue Ant takes Australian Geographic

Global producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has expanded its reach in Oceania with the acquisition of Australian Geographic magazine and its associated assets, from Bauer Media.

The bi-monthly magazine will operate out of factual prodco Northern Pictures’ office in Sydney.

With more than 40,000 subscribers and a readership of over 540,000, Australian Geographic celebrates the nature, culture, people and places of the island continent-country.

Australian Geographic is the most iconic Australian wildlife and nature publication, reaching a highly engaged audience of natural history fans through its multi-platform content,” said Blue Ant Media CEO Michael MacMillan in a statement. “The purchase of Australian Geographic reinforces our footprint in the Australian market while providing an impactful vehicle for showcasing the work of our natural history documentaries and series being produced all over the world.”

In 2015 Australian Geographic Adventures ran as a 10-part television series on Channel Nine in Australia. The half-hour episodes were hosted by Australian performers David Reyne and Caroline Pemberton, as they trekked, cycled and drove around Australia. NHNZ distributed the show in China.

Riddle Films, Azrieli Foundation to premiere interactive doc at SXSW

Riddle Films, the Azrieli Foundation and USC Shoah Foundation will provide a special panel presentation at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 12.

Titled “The Last Survivors: Memories of the Holocaust”, the panel will offer two experimental approaches to engaging with the memories of Holocaust survivors.

The Azrieli Foundation and Riddle Films will present their interactive documentary experience Re:Collection, which tells the stories of Canadian Holocaust survivors, while USC Shoah Foundation will feature its interactive project “New Dimensions in Testimony,” a conversation with recorded survivors. At the center of both projects is Torontonian Pinchas Gutter, a survivor of six Nazi concentration camps who tells his story to future generations in a variety of innovative ways.

The presentation will also include The Last Goodbye, a virtual-reality film that brings the viewer inside a Nazi concentration camp.

Also featured on the panel will be Riddle Films’ Jason Charters; Jody Spiegel, director of the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program; and Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation.

The panel presentation takes place March 12 in Austin.

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