Flee wins best doc at New York Film Critics Circle
The New York Film Critics Circle has voted for its 2021 award winners, with honors set to be bestowed at the group’s annual ceremony on January 10.
Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee took the prize for best nonfiction film, the latest award for the animated documentary. The film has racked up an impressive number of honors, making the list of the top five documentaries of 2021 from the National Board of Review amid a raft of shortlist inclusions and nominations for year-end awards. The film is also Denmark’s official contender in the international feature film category for the 2022 Academy Awards.
“We’re especially happy about the international reach of our awards — particularly following a year and a half in which we’ve all felt so isolated at times. This is a truly special group of winners, a harbinger of the world of cinema coming back to life,” said NYFCC chair Stephanie Zacharek of Time magazine in a statement.
Wanted: Women in Science racks up sales
Paris-based boutique financier and distributor APC Studios has secured new global sales for its standalone documentary Wanted: Women in Science.
The 52-minute film (pictured), produced by APC Studios and j2f Production for France Télévisions, is APC Studios’ first co-production in the factual space.
Broadcaster NHK has picked up the free TV rights for Japan, as has RTL in Belgium and Téléquébec for Canada. Wanted: Women in Science premiered in October on France 2 and is currently available on France Télévisions’ on demand platform France.tv.
The doc features interviews with young female scientists, looking at gender parity in the field and exploring possible solutions.
“Wanted: Women in Science dives into timely issues for young women in the science industry, taking an important look at what more can be done to achieve parity in this field,” said APC joint CEOs and co-founders Laurent Boissel and Emmanuelle Guilbart in a release. “As co-producers for the documentary, we were able to fully immerse ourselves in the production process and the incredible stories of these women, and we are very much looking forward to international audiences finding them as inspiring as we have.”
India’s Epic channel rebranding
IN10 Media Network’s Epic channel, which offers India-centric, Hindi-language programming, is repositioning itself with a “brand makeover” and revamped lineup.
Launching on December 16 to mark Vijay Diwas, the new content includes Lakshya 1971: Vayusena Ke Veer Yoddha, which recreates the events of independent India’s most comprehensive military victory with never-seen-before visuals and the story of the air force’s contribution to the war effort.
Also new is India Post: Dhaage Jo Desh Jode, a four part docuseries on the Indian Postal service. The series explores the history and workings of the service, narrated by actor Akul Tripathi.
Jugaad Mania brings to life stories of everyday people creating extraordinary things with innovation and creativity “that is intrinsic to Indian-ness”, hosted by actor Chandan K. Anand.
And rounding out the new content is Homecoming: A Nation’s Fight for its People, which highlights the efforts of both the people and the government as they face challenges and implement solutions as they seek to bring back stranded Indians during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Also on the way from Epic are digital originals Epic Khoj, which traces the roots of Indian communities; What’s in the Name looks at stories and myths behind how various cities, rivers, and other historic places got their names; and Short Mid-Wicket Tales explores cricket-related. The content will be available on the network’s app, Epic On.
Germany’s Vox commissions Love IRL format
French broadcaster M6 Group has announced that German broadcaster Vox, part of the RTL Group, has commissioned a local adaptation of the dating show Love IRL.
The format was created by Studio 89 Productions and distributed internationally by M6 Formats. Endemol Shine Germany (part of Banijay Group) will produce the six-episode first season.
Love IRL is a dating series in which men and women who have been in a long-distance relationship for months or even for years take the plunge and go from fantasy to reality, agreeing to meet for the first time in real life.
The show debuted on M6 in France this spring, and a second season is already in production.