TASTE OF CEMENT wins The Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature at the The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF)

The Jury stated the winning film was chosen “For its masterful use of visual metaphor, breathtaking sound design and poetic restraint in telling the chaotic story of war and its exiles.”

On Sunday, September 17, CIFF hosted their annual Awards Ceremony, presenting four awards for documentary features and one for a documentary short, in addition to its Points North Pitch Award.
 
This year’s jury of Molly O’Brien (Fork Films), Robb Moss (Filmmaker), and Jose Rodriguez (Tribeca Film Institute) awarded the 2017 Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature to Ziad Kalthoum’s Taste of Cement, with Special Jury Mention going to Gustavo Salmerón’s Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle.
 
Taste of Cement won six awards since its World Premiere in Nyon in April.
 

“Bezness as usual” and “Secondo Me” awarded at CRONOGRAF

“Bezness as usual” won the Special Mention of the Main Section, The Public’s Choice Award of the Main Section went to “Secondo Me”

The International Documentary Film Festival CRONOGRAF has announced its winners at the closing ceremony of its XIVth edition. The Closing Gala has taken place on May 30th at the Cultural Center “Odeon”.

 

Bezness as Usual, directed by Alex Pitstra, with Tadeusz Kieniewicz, Alex Pitstra, Rosan Breman as directors of photography, won the Special Mention of the Main Section for the courage it takes to bring to the screen a personal story and for reflecting complex relationships between people belonging to different cultures.

 

The Public’s Choice Award of the Main Section went to Secondo Me, directed by Pavel Cuzuioc.

 

The jury members of the Main Section were the Moldovan actor and the president of the jury Valeriu Andriuță, the Polish director Bartosz Konopka, Zlatinka Rousseva (Belgium), documentary filmmaker and programmer at the International Documentary Film Festival “Millenium”, Artur Vardikyan, film critic and festival organizer of the Yerevan International Film Festival, and Taalaibek Kulmendeevis, film director, producer and president of the Filmmakers Union of Kyrgysztan.

In the competition participated 16 feature documentaries and 5 short films in the Main Section, 12 films in the cadRO Section and 9 documentaries from Republic of Moldova in the Local Productions Section. In the A LIKE for a Documentary Section, dedicated to teenagers and youngsters, 10 documentaries were screened.

 

IDFF CRONOGRAF, the largest film event in Republic of Moldova and an important festival in the circuits of the East European festivals, is organized since 2001 by the OWH Studio NGO.

Oscilloscope Laboratories acquires North American rights to “The Road Movie”

The dash-cam doc will be released later this year

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TORONTO – Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie. The deal was negotiated by Aleksandar Govedarica following North American premiere at True/False.

 

“Simply brilliant” says Greg Rubidge, founder and co-director of Syndicado Film Sales, “We elated to be working with Dimitri and representing The Road Movie, which captures everyday life in Russia as told through dash cam footage. Simple in concept and brilliantly executed, it’s be a hit since its world premiere at IDFA.”

 

Kalashnikov said, “I’ve never even dreamed about my film being distributed in the U.S. Thanks to Syndicado who believed in the film. It’s a great honor for me that ‘The Road Movie’ will be in the company of such great titles that Oscilloscope works with.”

 

This fascinating mosaic of asphalt adventures and landscape photography, in which video footage from a variety of dashboard cameras presents the absurd and frightening nature of Russia. Alongside a series of bizarre car accidents on the country’s roads, the dashboard cameras also capture other spectacles through the windshield, such as a hysterical wedding guest, a confused man and a horse-drawn sleigh.

 

The film is produced by Volia Chajkouskaya of Volia Films in co-production with Eight and A Half Studio, Novi Film and Light Cone Pictures.

 

Kalashnikov’s observational documentary will celebrate its Canadian premiere in Toronto in April. Audiences will have the chance to see The Road Movie in North American theaters later this year.

 

THE DAZZLING LIGHT OF SUNSET receives a Special Mention at Tbilisi International Film Festival’s Georgian Panorama section

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On Saturday, The Dazzling Light of Sunset received a Special Mention at Tbilisi International Film Festival’s Georgian Panorama section.
 
This is the sixth award for Salome Jashi’s pseudo-ethnographical portrait of a Georgian community and its traditions, since its world premiere at Visions du Réel in April this year.
 
Follow the links below to read more:

 
 

Main Award, Regard Neuf Competition, Visions du Réel

 

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film, Best Documentary Debut Film – Jihlava IDFF

 

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award – Astra Film Festival

 

Best Feature Film, Main Competition – FICValdivia, Chile

 

Special Mention – Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgian Panorama section

 

Syndicado Acquires ‘In Exile’ documentary

Tin Win Naing’s debut feature depicts Burmese refuge migrant workers in Thailand

TORONTO — Syndicado has acquired world sales rights to “In Exile” (“Pyi Pye”), a documentary about the plight of Burmese refuge migrant workers in Thailand. World premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film will play in the TIFF DOCS program.

 

“In Exile” is about people who have fled their home country Myanmar, a fate they share with director Tin Win Naing. “In Exile” marks his first feature, after having filmed politically sensitive events such as the Saffron Revolution, and is the second feature doc to come out of Myanmar.

 

“Forced to leave his wife and children behind, he crossed illegally into Thailand, where he encountered the world of Burmese migrants toiling as plantation workers. Theirs is a world of exploitation and danger, but also of solidarity and resilience. This beautiful work of deeply compassionate first-person filmmaking is a testament to their struggle for justice. ”–Thom Powers, TIFF DOCS Programmer

 

As an undocumented refugee amongst refugees, filming was difficult, often dangerous for director Tin Win Naing. But “when I thought I was lost, the spirits of my protagonists gave me strength. It seemed as those those migrants who struggled the most, also had the biggest smiles” he said. (Join the director, and Perennial Lens producers Yasmin Rams and Rodney Charles, for a behind-the-scenes talk at the TIFF DOC CONFERENCE, September 13 http://www.tiff.net/events/filming-in-exile/)

 

“We’re moved by ‘In Exile’ and its ability to shed light on not just workers already in a harsh environment, but even more vulnerable – as refugees from long term troubled nation Myanmar. We’re impressed with both Tin’s cinematic style, and empathetic lens to a people eclipsed from the world’s media or international aid” said Greg Rubidge, President and founder of Toronto-based Syndicado.

 

The film is Syndicado’s sixth major festival acquisition since their international expansion headed by Aleksandar Govedarica, Regional Director for Europe, who negotiated world sales for “In Exile” at Locarno. Syndicado will introduce the film to buyers at TIFF and Nordisk Panorama.

 

Syndicado announces newest acquisition SPANDEX SAPIENS

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Syndicado is pleased to announce world sales rights to Spandex Sapiens from Helsinki-based director and producer Oskari Pastila. A portrait documentary of Finland-based, Canadian wrestler Michael “Starbuck” Majalahti.

 

“Set in the world of Finnish wrestling, our main character, an immigrant from Canada, has his own beliefs and values challenged by his nemesis–a transgendered wrestler within his school.  While the film has its moments of temerity, there’s a lighter side to the doc with some hilarious scenes and a welcome levity in an otherwise crowded world of ‘heavy docs’. We’ve been following the film for a while and are elated to pick it up for world sales and digital” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “Bringing great indie films to major markets worldwide is what we love and we’re proud to be able to release Spandex Sapients theatrically, for broadcast and  on VOD.”

 

“Enchanting, Herzog-like…Finnish documentary film at its most original”–Kalle Kinnunen, Kuvien Takaa/Suomen Kuvalehti
“Real life ‘The Wrestler’” (Aronofsky / Mickey Rourke)–Film-O-Holic
“Brutally honest and constantly funny”–Film-O-Holic

 

Audience Award, Night Visions Festival, Helsinki
Critic’s Choice, DocPoint – Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival

 

Canadian and US sales will be handled by Greg Rubidge, and all other markets by Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado’s Regional Director – Europe. Already sold in Finland, Sweden and Japan.