Thursday, 14 February 2008


Arab Media Watch is a co-organiser of "Women's Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran

A celebration of film by women and their representation in cinema from Morocco in the
west to Iran in the east. It will be the first festival of its kind to offer
audiences an opportunity to appreciate a vital aspect of international cinema, and
to actively engage with an exciting and innovative selection of films.
The full festival programme can be viewed / downloaded from:



The National Film Board and Hot Docs are now accepting proposals for the 2008 Doc Summit, which will take place on Friday, April 25, during the Hot Docs festival, conference and market.

We are calling on you to submit a short (one-page maximum) vision statement addressing your recommendations, policies or strategies for the Canadian documentary industry.

These statements should focus on preferred and realistic outcomes - rather than existing problems - and identify constructive and realistic solutions (i.e. what will our industry look like when it's working best). Statements might range from practical solutions for copyright issues to policy manifestos toward further building a vibrant documentary culture.

Selected statements will be presented by their authors at the Summit. Each presenter will be allotted 10 minutes to present their ideas, followed by a 15-20 minute moderated 'town hall' discussion. Key industry stakeholders will also be invited to respond to the various proposals.

Please refer to the Doc Summit Call for Proposals for complete submission guidelines and procedures. The deadline to receive submissions is Monday, March 3.


The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund offers finishing funds to feature-length
documentaries which promote social change and highlight critical issues currently
absent from mainstream media. Applications will be accepted between February 5 and
April 11, 2008 for grants ranging from 5k to 30k. The 2008 grantees will be
announced in July 2008. For on-line submissions and further information please


Free 6 Day Practical Filmmaking Masterclass
Rakhshan Bani- Etemad Masterclass
7 - 12th April 2008
Central London
Admission free

InSight – the London-based training organisation that Shooting People sponsors – is proud to announce that Rakhshan Bani- Etemad, Iran's leading woman filmmaker, will be coming to London in April to lead a free six-day filmmaking masterclass with twelve filmmakers on the subject of an outsider's view of London. The chosen filmmakers will then have the chance to have their films screened at the BFI Southbank as part of the BFI’s Bani-Etemad film season.

From the beginning Bani-Etemad has made films that are distinctive in their treatment of the problems facing Iranian society. She has made numerous documentaries but it is her hard hitting fiction films, such as ‘Nargess’, which focus on the daily struggles of mostly female protagonists against the backdrop of Modern Iran, that have grabbed the attention of the international audience.

To apply for a place on this masterclass visit

The closing deadline for applications is the 29th February.

Upcoming InSight courses include:

Approaches to Film Narrative –

Directing Fiction with Asif Kapadia -