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https://www.docfilmdepot.com/ WE HAVE IMAGINED A FUN, SECURE, AND WELL ADAPTED TOOL TO THE ENVIRONMENT FOR DOCUMENTARY CINEMA. Docfilmdepot is a platform that allows directors, producers and distributors of documentary films to manage their call for entries at several festivals. It allows you to create an account, to register one or more films whatever the genre to which they belong, to download the corresponding files, then to submit them to the festivals of your choice, partn...

Announcing the complete program for the 23rd annual RIDM Montreal Festival

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) 3 stimulating weeks of documentaries and discussions     The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to announce the program for its 23rd edition. This year, the festival will run for three weeks, from November 12 to December 2. 109 films, including 48 features, and numerous remote discussions and workshops will, more than ever, make November a grand celebration of documentary film.   This year, the...

Virtual PIFF Pasadena International Film Festival 2020 rolls online

A Special Thank You to the season of giving thanks, we here at PIFF have to say "thank you"... Our sponsors, vendors, venues, honorees, volunteers, press, filmmakers, guests... you have all been so supportive as we have come across unprecedented challenges due to Covid 19. The show must go on! as they say, so we are thrilled to present to you "Virtual PIFF 2020". This is new to us, but a silver lining is now anyone, anywhere in the world, can take part in PIFF.  ...

DOCLISBOA’20 programme unveiled / 206 films, 49 countries represented, 31 world premieres

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This year's program features 206 films, 31 world premieres and 30 international premieres, spread over the six moments of the festival, between October 2020 and March 2021.   The model of this year’s festival starts from the will to engage encounters and to create a ground for the collective experience of cinematographic art, in contribution to social reconstruction and strengthening. It is in this sense that the direction of Doclisboa invites the pub...

Entries for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 Programme now Open

First we would like to bring to your attention these festival events The Autumn programme: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/904-autumn-film-programme The upcoming Into the World weekender: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/909-into-the-world-weekender A Tribute to Sarah Maldoror: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/910-tribute-to-sarah-maldoror   We are open for entries for our 2021 programme! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a ...

7th Lunenburg Doc Fest Announces Record Audience and Award Winners

    Lunenburg Doc Fest expanded to a seven-day program online, September 24-30, and saw a 50% increase in pass holders. The festival presented feature and short documentaries from around the world, plus virtual filmmaker Q&As, and a growing industry market. Softie, the story of Boniface Mwangi’s fight for political change in a Kenyan election, won a hard-fought victory for the $1000 Best Feature Documentary Award. After an award win at Sundance Film Festiva...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Big Sky Announces 2021 Festival Plans REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30   Today marks the regular submission deadline for the 18th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival! BSDFF is an Academy Award qualifying event for short documentaries, selected four years running for MovieMaker's list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, and top reviewed by filmmakers on FilmFreeway. In addition to screenings and specia...

Doclisboa unveils its programme dedicated to work and labour

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Under the title BODY OF WORK, this new programme includes films from filmmakers such as Harun Farocki, Carole Roussopoulos, Elisa Cepedal and Jonas Heldt. It is a cinematic proposition that promises to pose important questions and stimulate debate on work and labour - a central thematic in our lives.   BODY OF WORK is a programme that arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to offer a platform for dialogue, ...

The time of China Screen in Paris has come

On the weekend of October 2, 3 and 4, we will be showing you in this 10th edition 8 new compelling documentaries around contemporary China, as before, at the Cinéma l'Entrepôt in the XIVth arrondissement of Paris. The attached small booklet gives you the details of the films. We will also be in other cities across France and Europe (Angers, Lille, Munich….)   On the geopolitical level, a lot has happened since the last edition of the festival. China see...

Bangkok International Documentary Awards calling

Bangkok International Documentary Awards (BKK DOC) is the documentary international awards and film festival based in Bangkok, Thailand. BKK DOC was founded by Stephane Lambert, filmmaker, a long time resident of Bangkok. Stephane established BKK DOC to promote documentaries and its talents in and around South East Asia, starting with Thailand. BKK DOC aims at bringing documentaries from all over the world to Thailand, and South East Asian documentaries to the attention of professionals from...

Docaviv live with a great lineup for online 2020 edition

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Music doc “Rockfour: The Time Machine” by Gad Aisen to open the festival. Maite Alberdi’s “The Mole Agent”, Teboho Edkins’ “Days of Cannibalism”, “Collective” by Alexander Nanau and Sundance winners “Acasa, My Home” (Radu Ciorniciuc) and “The Painter and the Thief” (Benjamin Ree) among this year’s International Competition titles.   Docaviv, Tel Aviv’s annual international and Oscar-qualifying ...

SFFILM Announces Date and Format for 2020 Doc Stories Film Series

Fully Online Documentary Showcase Will Run December 3–6 SFFILM has announced that Doc Stories, the organization’s annual documentary film series, will take place December 3­–6 as a fully online showcase. Now in its sixth year, Doc Stories brings the year’s most anticipated and celebrated long- and short-form documentaries and the filmmakers behind them to the Bay Area. The lineup, which will be announced in early November, will feature brand-new films yet to be rel...

Carrie Lozano Joins Sundance Institute as Director, Documentary Film Program

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker & Journalist to Lead Support of Nonfiction Field   Sundance Institute today announced that Carrie Lozano will helm its Documentary Film Program, succeeding interim Director Kristin Feeley and prior Director Tabitha Jackson.   As Documentary Film Program Director, Lozano will elevate and support nonfiction filmmakers worldwide at all stages of creating and distributing new cinematic work. She will also work to advance and ele...

Beyond Borders Festival highlights

“Beyond Borders”, a Celebration of Cinema and Culture on the edge of the Aegean Sea A celebration of cinema and culture will be set up for the 5th consecutive year on the edge of the Aegean Sea, on the idyllic island of Castellorizo, Greece. The 5th "Beyond Borders" International Documentary Festival to be held from August 23rd to August 30th is going to make once again Castellorizo the point where documentaries meet History and Culture. Th...

Early Bird Submissions to Big Sky Documentary Festival ends today through July 10th

  The first submission deadline is approaching for the 18th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, accepting early bird entries through Frida...

Plan B for The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2020 which will finish out the year online

    The night in March when we postponed SDFF 2020 is now far behind us.  It was just days before Opening Night.  A set of circumstances none of us could have foreseen as Sonoma County introduced measures to severely restrict public gatherings.  Nor could we have imagined the ensuing pandemic that has torn through nearly every habitable place on earth.  Postponed was a statement of hope.  It is no longer possible to hold a festival gathering in person for the...

Last few days to enter the 19th Rome Independent Film Festival RIFF Awards

  The competition announcement is online   July 30, 2020  is th efinal deadline to submit film to the 19th edition of the RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival - to be held from November 27 to December 3 in Rome.   All information to register and the announcement are available on the website www.riff.it.   The RIFF offers filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity to preview original films in Italy. In particular, the New Frontier...

DocLisboa 2020 / Discovering Georgian Cinema: 100 Years in Retrospective

In its 18th edition, Doclisboa will present a retrospective dedicated to Georgian cinema, mapping its production from the 1920s to the present. Doclisboa will be presented in six modules this year, over six months, and unveils this retrospective as the centre of the programme of the festival’s first module, which will run from October 22 to November 1. Taking place at the Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema, the retrospective will explore the variety and complexity of this country&rs...

Work and labour in the spotlight during Doclisboa 2020

The next edition of Doclisboa will have a cycle dedicated to work. From October 22 to November 1, we will present a programme of 20 films, by directors such as Harun Farocki, Helke Sander, Hervé Le Roux, among others. Film production during the Portuguese revolutionary period will also be highlighted in this cycle. This programme arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to promote the discussion, through cine...

The Panorama and the Special Screenings of the 5th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo.

The "Panorama" and the Special Screenings of “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo discover and highlight the continuity, the past, the present and the future of world documentary production. Well-known directors and promising young creators invite the participants and spectators of the Festival on seductive documentary film routes. Please find below more details about the documentaries that participate at the Panorama Section: ...

Chinese Documentaries Festival 'Les Ecrans de Chine' will open in Paris end september

It will be the tenth edition of The China Screen Festival which runs from October 2 to November 10. As before, we will not only be present in Europe’s cultural capital Paris, but also in many other European cities to preview and celebrate the latest creative documentaries coming out of China. With the current political leadership, independent filmmakers are having a very tough time, so it is more important than ever to look at their films, and to support their take on free expressio...

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces its Official Selection for 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest reveals its line-up – 115 films of all lengths, spanning 50 countries around the world and representing 49 spoken languages. 22 UK productions included.   The official selection for 2020 includes 31 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres and 40 UK Premieres.   Festival Director Cíntia Gil said: “This year’s programme brings together various cinematic          &nb...

Message from our friends at Doclisboa : new edition, new format, October 2020-March 2021

We are living through complex and uncertain times that pose a series of challenges to those who make, who show and who watch cinema. We have been working so that the 18th edition of Doclisboa responds to these challenges with new ways of being together and taking care of each other. Doclisboa is a place of meeting around cinema, and it is in the theaters that we want to continue to collectively investigate the world. We propose to build a festival that responds to the times but that preserves ...

Wrap and Review DOK.fest München @home 2020

Together in front of the screens. Festival impression by Janne Sebening The festival at home: At DOK.fest München @home 121 films from 42 countries were shown for 18 days, 90 of which were world or German premieres. A total of 14 prizes amounting to 55,000 euros were awarded. More than 75,000 spectators watched the films of DOK.fest Munich @home and the events of DOK.forum and DOK.education. The number of actual viewers of the online edition is likely to be even significantly higher...

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces spotlights on Sarah Maldoror, Lynne Sachs, Simplice Ganou, and reveals its retrospective: Reimagini

  In the lead up to revealing its full official selection for 2020, Sheffield Doc/Fest announces:   the theme of its annual retrospective: Reimagining the Land, curated by Christopher Small. and three special focuses: a screening in tribute to the late French West Indies film pioneer Sarah Maldoror; a focus on American artist Lynne Sachs; a focus on Burkina Faso filmmaker Simplice Ganou.     Tribute to Sarah M...

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