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Documentary Festivals: Take your pick

It might not be spring yet but the sun has come out and we’re looking forward to the next few months, especially as there are some great events coming up. March will bring us a multitude of documentary opportunities ranging from the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival to the Taiwan Cinefest at the Riverside Studios. Check out where you can still your hunger for quality documentaries.

First up from 21-30 March is the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Showing some great award winning movies such as The Island President and IDFA winner 5 Broken Cameras, this festival is a must. Of the 19 documentaries screening in the various participating London cinemas 13 are UK premieres, so you are guaranteed to see something new. We can recommend John Shenk’s The Island President, which is opening the festival and Oscar-winning short Saving Face, plus if you have a chance go and see Lieven Corthouts‘s film Little Heaven. For more information and tickets, visit the Human Rights Watch Film Festival website.

Next on our list is i-Docs which takes place in Bristol on 22-23 March. Tough not in London we feel it is worth a visit for documentary filmmakers interested in making documentary films for and especially with new audiences. If you want to know more about the festival then take a look at a post we’ve written earlier this week, explaining to you why interactive holds the future.

That same Friday (23 March) is also the start of a beautiful week at the BFI, which hosts the 26th edition of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Aside from great films the festival also offers the opportunity to attend other documentary related events such as Alice Walker: Beauty in truth (Work in Progress and a director interview). For an overview of the documentaries you can also check out our new calendar feature which will tell you exactly which doc is playing when.

And if you are not busy enough or these options do not tickle your fantasy then check out the more niche Taiwan Cinefest which sees screenings of various Taiwanese films and documentaries playing at the Riverside Studios. The festival is on 23, 25 and 26 March and if the weather is nice then you can even enjoy a post-film drink on their lovely outdoor terrace.

The last option we give you is the See Festival, Brighton’s documentary film festival. From 24 March to 1 April you can attend documentary screenings, seminars, Q&As and master classes. Among many other things there will be a special screening from the film Under Fire: Journalists in Combat and a Q&A screening of the music documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar.

So…which one will it be for you?


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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