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Documentary filmmakers get new pitching opportunities from BFI

Documentary filmmakers get new pitching opportunities from BFI

The BFI Film Fund has announced new pitching opportunities for documentary filmmakers. Applications for documentary production funding will now take place twice yearly at new pitching sessions. One will take place at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June and the second has been announced to take place in London later in the year. … Read entire article »

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Christopher Hird: “I don’t see a dichotomy between journalism and documentary”

Christopher Hird: “I don’t see a dichotomy between journalism and documentary”

As a panellist at the Between the Lines festival, Christopher Hird has much to say about the part documentaries play in contemporary media. He is the founder and managing director of Dartmouth Films, a production company that specialises in making issue-based documentaries and has pioneered new models of funding and distribution. Hird was also recently appointed the new managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. … Read entire article »

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Mea Maxima Culpa documentary exposes ‘church omertà’

Mea Maxima Culpa documentary exposes ‘church omertà’

It couldn’t have been released at a better time, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, director Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, which delves into the horrific scandal of child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. … Read entire article »

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Documentary director launches mobile app for corporate transparency

Documentary director launches mobile app for corporate transparency

As the film As Goes Janesville launched on DVD and continues to work its way around America with public showings and subsequent discussions, a secondary line of discussion has emerged. The team at 371 Productions, headed by the documentary’s director Brad Lichtenstein (pictured), has now launched the BizVizz mobile app to promote transparency and help the public access more information about corporate behaviour and in particular corporate funding. … Read entire article »

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As Goes Janesville, so goes the rest of the world?

As Goes Janesville, so goes the rest of the world?

The premise of ‘As Goes Janesville’, recently released on DVD and VOD, is an age-old story: small town prospers around big corporation, big corporation packs bags and leaves thousands without a job. Now what? This is where the action starts. The story of contrasts emerging from this well-rounded and complex piece of work, far from being a generic remake of David and Goliath, is both timeless and timely, generic yet unique. … Read entire article »

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Explore the boundaries between documentary making and journalism

Explore the boundaries between documentary making and journalism

Next weekend two of our favourite organisations will join forces to present us with a new three day festival. Between the Lines has been set up by DocHouse and the Frontline Club to explore the boundaries between journalism and traditional documentary making. How is the digital era changing these professions? … Read entire article »

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Which documentary will take home the prize for Best Short tonight?

Which documentary will take home the prize for Best Short tonight?

Tonight’s the night, it’s Oscar time. We’ve already made our predictions for the Best Documentary Feature Lenght category but we’ve not been brave enough to make a solid prediction on which film will win Best Documentary Short – what do you think? … Read entire article »

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