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Ritesh Batra’s short screened at Sundance Short Film Challenge launch

Ritesh Batra’s short screened at Sundance Short Film Challenge launch
Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra’s The Masterchef was among the 5 short films that were screened at a private screening co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the Sundance Film Festival . The screening was organised to launch the ‘Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge’ project.

All the 5 short films were made with production grants from the Sundance Institute and will become available to audiences online throughout the year via digital media platforms.

‘Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge’ is a short film competition that aims to harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. Its first edition will take place in 2015.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said in a statement, “With the support of the Gates Foundation, we are proud to launch this short film challenge and support filmmakers around the world in telling stories that inform and engage audiences in
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Short Film Challenge by Sundance Who Invites Global Storytellers To Put A Human Face On Extreme Poverty

Sundance Institute, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a new project that will harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. The Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge will spur the production of documentary and narrative films – through a global open call for three-to-eight-minute submissions – that will celebrate imaginative solutions real people are creating to overcome the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty. The project supports Sundance Institute’s mission to empower independent storytellers and connect their work to communities around the world.

The Institute is working with Tongal.com to manage the online call for entries. Winning films will receive a $10,000 grant and travel to a premiere at a private event at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Users can submit through July 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply. More information can be found at www.sundance.org/anotheryou.

Five new films made with production grants to launch the project premiered earlier today at a private screening co-hosted with the Gates Foundation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. These five films will become available to audiences online throughout the year via digital media platforms.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “With the support of the Gates Foundation, we are proud to launch this short film challenge and support filmmakers around the world in telling stories that inform and engage audiences in ways that are as innovative and imaginative as the solutions people are putting into action every day. ”

The first five films for the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge are:

After My Garden Grows

Director: Megan Mylan

India / Documentary

A young girl in rural India tills a small plot of land to feed her family and plant seeds of independence and financial freedom in her male dominated community.

Director Megan Mylan directed and produced the Oscar-winning film Smile Pinki, which broadcast on HBO and the Sundance Channel. Her film, Lost Boys of Sudan, had a 70-city theatrical release and a national television broadcast on PBS's Pov.

Am I Going Too Fast?

Directors: Hank Willis Thomas, Christopher Myers

Kenya / Experimental Doc

Am I Going Too Fast? is a digital tapestry of the intersecting worlds and interactions of craftspeople, shopkeepers, and ordinary folks whose lives have been transformed by new technologies, cell phone banking, and micro-finance; threads that weave together to form a web of connection and possibility in contemporary Nairobi.

Hank Willis Thomas is the creator of Question Bridge: Black Male, a non-fiction new media project and recipient of a New Media Fellowship, New Media Fund grant from the Tribeca Film Institute and Aperture West Book Prize.

Co-Director Christopher Myers is an artist and writer best known for his books for young people, which have garnered Caldecott Honors and been shortlisted for the National Book Award.

Kombit

Directors: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman

Haiti / Documentary

Haiti's internally displaced people start a micro-garden movement to combat post-earthquake hunger and despair.

Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman produced and directed the feature documentary Remote Area Medical, which premiered at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

The Masterchef

Director: Ritesh Batra

India / Narrative

Akhil, a young shoeshine boy, dreams of becoming a gourmet chef when he has a chance encounter with India's most popular TV cuisiner.

Director Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox will screen at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Rail d'Or at Cannes 2013 and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for North America. Batra also won the Best Director prize at the Odessa International Film Festival.

Vezo

Director: Tod Lending

Africa, Madagascar / Documentary

A 9-year-old girl tells a tale about how her family and village came back from near starvation after their fishing village adopted sustainable fishing practices.

Director Tod Lending is an Academy Award-nominated and national Emmy-winning producer, director, and cinematographer whose work has aired nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO, Al Jazeera.

While on the subject of shorts, you can watch and vote for 15 Sundance shorts on You Tube right Here.
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46th Chicago International Film Festival Award Winners

Best Actress award winner Liana Liberato

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival (Ciff 2010) Award Winners Announced

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Russia, Mexico, Norway, Germany and USA win top awards in Chicago …

Chicago, October 16, 2010 – Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the

Chicago International Film Festival, Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, and Associate

Programmers Joel Hoglund and Penny Bartlett proudly announce the winners of the 46th

Chicago International Film Festival competitions. The Festival’s highest honor is the

Gold Hugo, named after the mythological God of Discovery.

International Feature Film Competition

Gold Hugo for Best Film to How I Ended The Summer (Russia) for the brilliantly

acted and dynamically staged exploration of human nature under pressure. Director:

Aleksei Popogrebsky

Special Jury Prize shared by:

Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize to A Somewhat Gentle Man (Norway) for a

hilarious and deeply serious adventure into crime and,
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Chicago Fest Unveils Doc Lineup

Chicago Fest Unveils Doc Lineup
The 46th Annual Chicago International Film Festival has announced their documentary lineup, which includes their Docufest Competition slate, Special Presentations from Alex Gibney and Lucy WAlker, and their new cinephile "Film on Film" series. Included in the doc lineup are four world premieres, one international premiere, and some North American and Us premieres. The doc jury will feature "Valentino: The Last Emperor" director Matt Tyrnauer, "Legacy" filmmaker Tod Lending, and Gold ...
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46th Chicago International Film Festival – Documentary lineup announced

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival is coming, and The Scorecard Review will be there will exclusive interviews, movie reviews and red carpet events beginning October 7, 2010.

Here is the news release on the documentaries at this year’s festival.

Chicago, September 7, 2010 – As documentary films gain ever-increasing recognition in theaters around the world, the 46th Chicago International Film Festival announces the 2010 lineup of its Docufest documentary program and new series for true movie buffs, “Film on Film.” Sponsored by DePaul University, Docufest and the Film on Film program feature four world premieres, one international premiere, two North American premieres and two USA premieres.

Special guests attending this year range from award-winning filmmakers Alex Gibney and Lucy Walker to debuting directors making bold first impressions and even troupes of circus performers, slam poets, and a “minuteman” border guard. Twelve countries are represented across these 17 films. The Docufest competition jury includes the winner
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Watch PBS Documentary “Legacy” (Follow One Family’s Resolve Through Poverty, Loss, Grief)

Filmed over a five-year period… for 4 generations, the Collins family was trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the oldest and most dangerous public housing projects in the USA - Chicago’s Henry Horner Homes. Yet, unlike tens of thousands in their situation, they found the community support structures – and internal spirit – to strengthen their family and transcend the economic and social conditions of their lives. Directed by Tod Lending.
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