Prague, Februrary 22, 2011 – The jury for the Berlin-based national daily Der Tagesspiegel has awarded Erika Hníková's documentary Matchmaking Mayor its Readers' Prize. The prize, reserved for the best film in the Forum section, is worth 3,000 Euros.The ten-member jury, consisting of the Berlin newspaper's readers, chose the Czech-Slovak documentary from 31 films and explained its decision like this:“The prize goes this year to Erika Hníková for her film Matchmaking Mayor, which made us laugh and think and provoked lively discussion. A film capable of polarizing without ever having set out to do so. Its affectionate blend of discretion and intimacy in observing the eccentricities of the post-socialist era creates a complex portrait of single people uninterested in reproduction. A type of passive resistance; whether you laugh at it or with it is left up to you.” In addition to being available for the Berlinale's main prizes, all the movies in the official program are eligible to win one or more of the 19 independent prizes bestowed by juries that were not selected by the festival. This is the second time a Czech entry has received an award at the Berlinale. In 2010, Jan Hřebejek's Kawasaki's Rose was awarded by not one but two juries: the Ecumenical Jury and the Jury of the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas (C.I.C.A.E.).
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One World, Many Ways – New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries
Who are the right broadcasters for Human Rights docs?Peter Hamilton, creator of the hit website www.documentarytelevision.com will give us his top Human Rights broadcasters list. Meet key committed Human Rights broadcasters…including Mette Hoffmann Meyer - Commissioning Editor Danish DRTV and Claire Aguilar Vice President of Programming for the Independent Television Network (ITVS) based in San Francisco. What happened in Cairo? A very special guest and activist filmmaker from Egypt will fill us in, and show us his own images from the heart of a revolution. The Age of Wikileaks!Vaughan Smith from Frontline Club and a cast of video journalists who are either reporting on or directly involved in Wikileaks talk about the website’s impact on Human Rights and journalism. Filmmakers Boot camp!Keith Lawrence from the LA’s Mary Pickford Institute is all set to run two intense one day Filmmakers Boot camps. The goal - make a powerful broadcast quality documentary at a fraction of the cost. This workshop is not a “how to make a film” workshop, it’s geared towards helping us think outside the box! AND….Interviews with star One World guest filmmakers Mark Henderson, Schuchen Tan, Carol Dysinger, Frank Piasecki Poulsen and others. Panels on docs in the Czech Republic, Filmmakers Rights, The art of the Interview, Story verses Finance, and low budget HD. Meet Andrea Prenghyova, Michael Allder, Chris Schmidt, Marian Williams, Barbara Orton, Lilla Hurst…and many more. The programme is online now! How much? €50 for the entire event! (catering excluded). Where? Hotel Grand Majestic Plaza, Truhlárská 16, 110 00 Prague 1. When? 11-13th March Register online at www.documentary-campus.com or on location.
The Institute of Documentary Film and the Jihlava IDFF in cooperation with the Czech Centre Moscow organize screenings of selected documentary films in Moscow (Feb 22 - 25) and Nizhny Novgorod (Feb 26 - 27). Screenings will be followed by debates and meetings with Russian audiences and filmmakers.
Krakow, 14th February 2011 With the deadline for submissions over, The 51st Krakow Film Festival has received a record number of entries with 2700 films – documentaries, fictions and animations - submitted for consideration for the 2011 edition of the festival which runs from 23rd-29th May. Submissions for the 6th Krakow Film Market have also ended. In a surprising turn events Poland occupies third place behind Germany and France in terms of films submitted to the festival. Nearly 300 submissions from each France and Germany were registered as opposed to 250 Polish productions (a dozen or so co-productions are not amongst this number). Over 200 films were sent by British filmmakers, whereas 160 titles were received from Spain. Entries were also received from Israel, Brasil, Australia, Canada, USA and Mexico whilst traditionally unrepresented countries such as Lesotho, The West Bank, The Gaza Strip and The United Arab Emirates also make an appearance. Krzysztof Gierat, director of the 51st KFF said: “We’re delighted that so many films have been entered to the Krakow Film Festival as it shows just how important the festival is for feature and short documentaries and short fiction and animations. Many of the shorts submitted are the work of young and talented filmmakers whilst attracting the likes of Anthony Hopkins who stars in one submitted film,” The documentary section consists of nearly 1000 films and Krzysztof Gierat reveals that, on occasion, some filmmakers dwelt upon the same subject: “During a single one evening I saw documentaries where cows, goats and sheep were milked. I promise that it will not be the leading topic of the festival competition! Among the films already invited are the tale of the executioner of Adolf Eichmann, confessions of people who have undergone a sex change and a touching confrontation between a priest and his former underage lover. There are also films about reincarnation and affairs in virtual reality.” The full list films selected for the 51st Krakow Film Festival will be published on the KFF website in the last week of March. The 51st Krakow Film Festiwal will take place 23rd - 29th of May. 250 films will be screened during the festival, with one third taking part in one of three competition sections. There will also be special retrospectives, one-off screenings (such as the immensely popular music video night) and a selection of some of the year’s most interesting films screened at festivals across the world. The festival will be accompanied by the Krakow Film Market, dedicated to the needs of all those working in the film industry. The market presents documentaries, animations and short films to the festival programmers and buyers from TV stations and distribution companies. A digitised screening room gives professionals to see more than 400 films alongside the chance to network and attend special events.
-- Justyna WarzechaBiuro Prasowe / Press Office
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Tribute to Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve, one of the most highly regarded figures of contemporary Canadian cinema will be on hand at the 46th KVIFF to introduce a complete retrospective of his work including the Oscar nominated Incendies.
Tribute to Samuel Fuller
By presenting ten of his features, 46th KVIFF will pay tribute to the legendary Samuel Fuller, director and screenwriter known for his masterpieces Pickup on South Street, The Naked Kiss and The Big Red One.
Focus on Greek Film
46th KVIFF will present the first ever retrospective on young Greek directors, showcasing eight features including the Oscar nominated Dogtooth and one of the last year’s Venice highlights Attenberg.
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