Prime Entertainment Group acquires range of film docs
Paris-based distributor Prime Entertainment Group has acquired several feature documentaries about cinema, reinforcing its catalog of film-related programming.
Among the acquisitions are Monsters: The Enemy Within (pictured), about the phenomenon of monsters in the movies, featuring interviews with filmmakers John Carpenter and Joe Dante; Jiri Trnka: A Long Lost Friend, about the life and work of the acclaimed Czech animator; and A Very Animated War, which highlights the ways in which the U.S. and the Soviet Union used children’s animation to shape young minds during the Cold War.
Prime is also presenting in presale the latest documentary from Clara and Julia Kuperberg, about the life of Dorothy Arzner, the only woman to direct a film for a major Hollywood studio in the 1930s and ’40s.
“With these acquisitions, Prime consolidates the status of Europe’s leading producer and distributor of cinema-related programs,” said Alexandra Marguerite, Prime’s head of sales, in a release. “We are delighted to expand our offer with these high-quality programs and excited to present them to our long-time clients and to new partners at upcoming events.”
Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women names fourth cohort
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has revealed the names of the eight participants selected for the fourth cohort of its Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women development program.
The six-month program begins with industry accreditation at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, giving the filmmakers the chance to experience panels, discussions and screenings. The participants will also take part in professional development workshops and initiatives including regular online sessions with industry experts and on-set placement. Participants are also invited to Canadian Screen Week 2022 and will receive a CA$2,500 honorarium and one-year voting membership to the Canadian Academy.
The directors chosen for the Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women were selected by a jury of industry professionals led by Nafisa Murji, director of talent development at the Canadian Academy. The directors selected for the fourth cohort are Josiane Blanc, Katia Café-Fébrissy, Joy Haskell, Yuqi Kang, Jules Koostachin, Katerine Martineau, Fawzia Mirza and V. T. Nayani.
“The Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women is an integral piece of the Academy’s efforts to build a more equitable and diverse Canadian visual media industry,” said Beth Janson, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, in a release. “Supporting the voices of women and non-binary creators has never been more important, and we are honoured that this inspiring group of eight directors have chosen to grow their careers with us.”