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Rhyme & Rhythm at Sheffield Doc/Fest: where cinema and other artforms meet

Take a look at our Rhyme & Rhythm teaser    Rhyme & Rhythm is where cinema and other artforms meet. Through music and performance, visual art and sport, each film offers encounters and inspira...

DOK.fest München 2021 @home: Best of Guests, Film Talks and kinokino Audience Award

The very big news first! The incidence numbers allow it: On the last festival weekend we return to our favorite place, the cinema, and present there the audience favorite on the big screen. We're super excited and invite you to join us on Saturday, corona compliant of course. But first, on Friday, we will announce which film has won this year's kinokino Audience Award – sponsored by BR and 3sat. Be there live at the online award ceremony! Today we want to whet your appetite o...

Sheffield Doc/Fest Reveals Competition Titles and Full Program

Sheffield DocFest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our capacity for change by celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement. Let us join the 28th edition and enjoy the full Film, Arts and Exchange Programme for the 2021 festival, which takes place from 4 - 13 June.   The line-up includes 55 world premieres, 22 international premieres, 15 European premi...

The 19th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is now open for submissions

CALL FOR ENTRIES TO THE 19th ANNUAL BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL   The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is now open for submissions, seeking documentary film entries in consideration for the 19th annual event in February 2022. The festival accepts submissions of non-fiction films of all forms, lengths, subject matters and genres.   Big Sky is the largest documentary film festival in the western United States, showcasing a broad range of World, Internation...

Bruno Chatelin joins the Jury of the 6th Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival, Castellorizo island.

Distinguished members of the international film community form the Jury of the 6th   Beyond the Borders International Documentary Festival, which will be held between August 22 -29 , 2021 in Castellorizo island, Greece. This year's jury consists of Klaus Eder - General Secretary of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), Marianna Economou - President of the Greek Documentary Association - Jean-Christoph Caron - Head of PHOENIX , Bruno Chatelin - Film Critic, and...

AFI DOCS 2021 announces opening night, closing night and centerpiece films

AFI DOCS has announced the Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece Films for its 19th annual edition. This year’s hybrid festival will open with the world premiere of NAOMI OSAKA, directed by Academy Award® nominee Garrett Bradley, and will close with Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt’s celebrated coming-of-age film CUSP. This year’s Centerpiece Screening will be ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN, directed by Academy Award® winner Morgan Neville. AFI DO...

DOK.fest München Awards ceremony 2021

At the halfway point of the festival, it's going to get exciting once again today! First, young documentary filmmakers will be honoured at the FFF Talent Award Documentary Film and the megaherz Student Award. On Sunday evening, the winners of our three main awards, the VIKTOR Main Competition, VIKTOR DOK.deutsch, VIKTOR DOK.horizonte, will be presented. All award ceremonies will take place in the presence of the jury, prize donors and prize winners. We also invite you to ...

Miryam Charles and Coryell Boffy-Resel named co-chairs of the RIDM and Forum RIDM board

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and Forum RIDM are pleased to announce new co-chairs for their board of directors: director, producer and cinematographer Miryam Charles, and Coryell Boffy-Resel, director of international organizations at Montréal International. Both are already members of the board and regular festival attendees. They will replace outgoing chair Sarah Spring. Thanks to their complementary expertise, they will contribute to the success of both orga...

DOK.fest München 2021 @home events & Film Talks, Meet & Greet

Every film festival thrives on encounters, exchange and discussion! In order to create as much of a festival atmosphere as possible this year, DOK.fest München 2021 @home offers you a variety of opportunities in addition to the films: experience our festive award ceremonies at the Deutsches Theater @home, exchange ideas with the film teams at our daily Film Talks, meet us and our guests at the Meet & Greet at the digital festival lounge and send your feedback on the films dir...

DAFilms to host Roberto Minervini retrospective from 10 May

Live discussion between Minervini and Locarno’s Artistic Director Giona Nazzaro on 19 May, 7pm CET Live discussion between Minervini and Locarno’s Artistic Director Giona Nazzaro on 19 May, 7pm CET Visually immersive imagery and scenes from the dark side of modern-day America are what characterise the work by award-winning Italian US-based filmmaker Roberto Minervini. From 10 May, streaming portal DAFilms will present a curated selection of his films under the name Roberto Minerv...

The This Is My Brave International Mental Health Film Festival 10th October 2021 is now open for submissions

  Our 2021 Mental Health Film Festival "with a difference" is open for submissions. Why "with a difference"? With most film festivals the focus is on filmmaking excellence whereas the TIMBMHFF is all about the ability of the story to: *Provide an inspiring voice for social justice and human rights for people with mental illness *Highlight positive contributions made by mental health recipients *Fight stigma and defy stereotypes associated with menta...

24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections

  Film still from 2021 official selection "Scenes From A Glittering World," which makes its world premiere at the 24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  Full Frame is thrilled to announce the official festival selections for the virtual 24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which takes place June 2–6, 2021. In total, there are 36 titles from 21 countries, comprising 21 feature films and 15 short films. The lineup includes 6 world premieres...

Open City Documentary Festival (September 8 – 14) calling for your docs

The call for programme entries ends on Monday 10 May, act now ! Prizes are awarded in four categories: Open City Award, Emerging International Filmmaker Award, the UK Short Award, and the International Short Award. The festival is looking for creative, innovative, challenging non-fiction filmmaking at short, mid-length & feature-length, as well as short audio documentaries, and cross platform projects. #TheArtOfNonFiction How filmmakers represent people like ourselves, ...

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces the line-up for the Rhyme & Rhythm strand 4 - 13 June

Sheffield Doc/Fest proudly announces all the films that will premiere as part of the popular Rhyme & Rhythm strand at the 2021 festival; which will run 4 - 13 June, in Sheffield and online.   Rhyme & Rhythm is where cinema and other artforms meet. Through music and performance, visual art and sport, each film offers encounters and inspirations to a different beat.   Taking audiences from the Midlands in England to Australia, from Austria, Ukraine a...

DocsMX will celebrate its 16th edition this 2021, from October 14th to 24th.

  DocsMX call for entries is open. We search documentaries from any corner of the planet, of any topic, genre, format or duration. You can check our regulations here, and you can register your film here. We're waiting for your movie. Share your story with us. Call for entries closes on May 30th. Let's celebrate non-fiction together! ...

DOK.fest München, the time has come: Film programme and presale start, look behind the scenes

Dear friends of DOK.fest München, the time has come: we are thrilled to present the film programme of DOK.fest München 2021 @home to you today. At the same time, we are opening our advance ticket sales. From now on you can buy tickets for the festival. To get you in the mood for the upcoming festival, today we take a look behind the scenes and introduce you to our festival studio at the Deutsches Theater as well as our technical partner. Only a few more days until the open...

Ex Oriente Film 2021: fINAL Deadline today

Creative feature-length documentary projects and docuseries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe in all stages of development and early production are welcome to apply for free to the Ex Oriente Film workshop 2021. The extended deadline is on Friday, April 30. Submit your projects online via our APPLICATION FORM Before applying, please read the Guidelines and also see the List of eligible countries. Do you have a profile at Pitch the Doc...

Sheffield Doc/Fest announced highlights of the 2021 festival, including its opening and closing

Sheffield Doc/Fest opens its 2021 edition with the European premiere of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul and closes with the World premiere of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Looking   Sheffield Doc/Fest announced today a selection of highlights that will form part of the 2021 festival, including its opening and closing films. The festival will open with the European premiere of Summer of Soul (...Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), by Ahmi...

DOK.fest München 2021 @home Line-up announced

DOK.fest München 2021 will take place online. We celebrate documentary cinema! Our vision for DOK.fest München 2021 was a dual festival edition that would bring our programme to the big screen and, with an online counterpart, to your screen at home. But in view of the continuing uncertain development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to change our plans: The 36th DOK.fest München 2021 will once again take place online. We are extending the festival by one week until 23 ...

DOK.fest München announcing New award: DOK.edit Award / Call for Accreditation / Preview Industry

  After film music and production, another central aspect of documentary filmmaking will be in focus from 2021: the new DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe honours editors of documentary films. We are pleased to present the three nominated films. In addition, we are opening our accreditation for the DOK.fest film programme and give a first preview of the public industry programme of the Perspectives. New award: DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe &n...

Antenna Documentary Film Festival sets dates for its 10th anniversary edition (14–24 October 2021) in Sydney cinemas

ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 DATES, NEW CASH PRIZES AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Antenna Documentary Film Festival is excited to announce its 10th anniversary edition will take place 14–24 October 2021 in cinemas across Sydney, Australia. In celebration of this milestone Antenna has expanded its commitment to the future of documentary filmmaking with an increased cash prize for its main competition, the Best Feature Documentary Award, offering the winning filmmaker a $...

Nominees DOK.fest München AWARD of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit

Dear friends of DOK.fest München, in times of fake news and blurring boundaries between fiction and documentary, documentary film is also challenged anew. We consider the topic crucial for the future and open the DOK.fest München 2021 @home with the German premiere of the film HINTER DEN SCHLAGZEILEN (BEHIND THE HEADLINES) by Daniel Sager. An exciting and highly explosive insight into the hidden work of the "Investigative Research" department of the Süddeutsche Zeit...

DOK.fest München 2021 will take place online in May

We celebrate documentary cinema! Our vision for DOK.fest München 2021 was a dual festival edition that would bring our programme to the big screen and, with an online counterpart, to your screen at home. But in view of the continuing uncertain development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to change our plans: The 36th DOK.fest München 2021 will once again take place online. We are extending the festival by one week until 23 May. 130 of the year's best internation...

Sheffield Doc/Fest Announces its 2021 Retrospective / Black British Cinema

In 2021 Sheffield Doc/Fest wants to spotlight and celebrate the history of Black British screen culture - a wide and diverse filmography that has been largely overlooked and undervalued in film discourse. We want to find connections between past and present, and to spark a conversation about how this filmography resonates with contemporary filmmakers and artists, and how it can inspire and inform the ways in which we conceive our own communities.   Doc/Fest is excited to announce that...


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