Great news from Nanfu Wang! Her film Hooligan Sparrow (DOK.Incubator participant 2015) will be the opening night film of Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NYC at Lincoln Center on June 10th!
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival that will take place in Toronto April 28 – May 8, has two DOK.Incubator movies in its program this year!
Cheer Up /FI, CA/ is going to have an international premiere, and Ukrainian Sheriffs /UA, LV, DE/ will be screened for the first time for North American audience.
DOK.Incubator has brought already quite a number of its films to Hot Docs. Last year Chuck Norris vs. Communism /UK/ and The Queen of Silence /PL, DE/ were in the Hot Docs Official selection, and in 2014 – Agreement /DK/.
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IDFA Bertha Fund has concluded its February 2016 selection round. Holy Cow by Imam Hasanov and Ukrainian Sheriffs by Roman Bondarchuk (IDFA Special Jury Award 2015) are among eleven films that will be supported this year. They have been selected in the framework of IBF Europe: Distribution for International Co-productions.
Thy Father’s Chair (DOK.Incubator participant 2014) by Àlex Lora and Antonio Tibaldi won at the 13th International documentary films about human rights festival DOCUDAYS (Kiev, Ukraine) in the category DOCU/LIFE.
It has been awarded for “its superb and precise depiction of a hidden and claustrophobic world full of memory and pain, the directors beautifully realize a work of cinematic accomplishment that makes for one of the most expansively human portraits we’ve ever had the privilege to see . It is, simply put, a big film”.
Cheer Up / FI, CA/ is premiering in May at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival which will be held April 28 – May 8, 2016 in Toronto.
Cheer Up by Christy Garland is a story of Miia, the ambitious coach of Finland’s worst competitive cheerleading team, who is sick of losing and stuck in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle. So she takes a trip to the motherland, Texas, where she’s inspired by the American mindset and focus of the world’s best cheerleaders. Returning to Finland a tougher coach, she pushes her girls to the breaking point… but is that what the team really wants?
On April 19 one of the most important European film festivals – Vision du Reel in Nyon, Switzerland, will host the international premiere of The Beekeeper and His Son /CH, CA/, an intimate insight into a Chinese rural family and their struggle between traditional manner and the dreams of a young migrant worker, produced by Mira Film.
The old beekeeper Laoyu is losing his hives to the most severe worm outbreak he has seen in his fifty-year long beekeeping career. However, he feels even more anxious about the future of his only son Maofu, who has been wandering from city to city as a migrant worker. When Maofu returns home in the summer, Laoyu hopes that together they will rebuild the beehives. While Laoyu is disappointed by Maofu’s focus on profits instead of the bees, Maofu feels suffocated by his father’s authoritarian tunes. Their unspoken expectations tensely echo with the harsh weather conditions and a mischievous goose.
In 2 weeks, an important documentary festival for all the Northern American territory – True False festival in Columbia, Missouri, USA. The festival with the attendance over 45,000 will host the international premiere of Between Sister, a touching family story of the director Manu Gerosa /IT/, produced by Clin d’oeil films of Hanne Phlyppo /BE/.
Two Italian sisters, Ornella and Teresa, have cared for each other through their whole lives, sharing their love for Ornella’s son, Manu, the film director. Teresa is now in her life’s twilight and having problems facing fate. Before it’s too late, Ornella decides to confront Teresa with a painful untold story that goes back to their childhood and might change their close bond forever. The film is a warm portrayal of an Italian family, seen through the eyes of the son, Manu. With humor and tenderness he brings out what it means to build a life upon a secret.
DOK.Incubator 2013 film Game Over (Gaia Audiovisuals) won yesterday the Gaudí Award for best documentary 2015 given by the Acadèmia del Cinema Català. The story of Djalal, obsessed with war toys, an only child of a middle class Spanish family, raised and admired by his parents, has successfully premiered at Karlovy Vary 2015, travelled to the Festival de Malaga, Documenta Madrid 2015, and was awarded by the Talent Award at DocsBarcelona 2015.
The Catalan Film Academy was created to be a voice of the Catalonian film industry and awards annually both documentary and fiction films.
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The Best Directing Award in the World Documentary Competition received the film of the DOK.Incubator 2013 participant, polish producer Marta Golba (Endorfina Studio), All the Sleepless Nights.
After the same victory for DOK.Incubator film The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear in 2013, a successful start in the same competition of Chuck Norris vs Communism the year after and the 2015 premiere of DOK.Incubator guest project Hooligan Sparrow, Golba´s film has been the fourth film, which made it in the 4-years´ existence of DOK.Incubator among the 12 films, annually selected for the Sundance World Documentary Competition…