FESTIVALS & AWARDS: Africa Movie Academy Awards, Miami IFF, ReelWorld FF and festivals, festivals, FESTIVALS!

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Screening of TANTA AGUA

NINAH’S DOWRY (Cameroon), SO MUCH WATER (Uruguay) and WHEN I SAW YOU (Palestine/Jordan) are just a few titles among a host of Global Lens films and grant recipients keeping our news feed a-buzzing…

The buzz just won’t stop.  From nominations, to awards, to screenings in festivals across the globe, GFI grant recipients and Global Lens films are continuing to impress in a big way.  Check out the most recent news:

AFRICA MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS (AMAA):

Arguably the most important film event in Africa—with a huge resonance moving through the international film scene at large—the Africa Movie Academy Awards spotlight the “best in African Filmmaking and Cinema” emerging from the African continent over the past year. For the AMAA’s 9th installment, we are proud to announce seven nominations for Victor Viyuoh’s NINAH’S DOWRY (Cameroon, Winter 2010 grant recipient):

Achievement in Makeup
Achievement in Screenplay
Best Child Actor
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Crista Eka)
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Amurin Wumnembom)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mbutung Seikeh)
Best Film

With upcoming screenings at the Phoenix Film Festival and Berkshire IFF, this unstoppable film is, well, quite unstoppable. The AMAA’s will commence April 20th—stay tuned!  For the complete list of nominees, see here.

ARGENTINA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF POLITICAL CINEMA (FICIP):

Awesome news for GFI alum VERONICA’S PASSION (dir. Cristian Pellegrini, Argentina, Fall 2007 grant recipient), which is in competition at FICIP’s 3rd edition, taking place now.

BARRANQUILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FICBAQ):

We were very excited to have been part of the inauguratory 1st edition of Colombia’s Barranquilla International Film Festival, which selected ROUTE OF THE MOON (dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama, Winter 2011 honorable mention) for its “Features” section.

Scene from WHEN I SAW YOU

Scene from WHEN I SAW YOU

BIRDS EYE VIEW FILM FESTIVAL (BEV):

Annemarie Jacir’s WHEN I SAW YOU (Palestine/Jordan, Summer 2011 honorable mention)— which has won awards at Berlin and Abu Dhabi—will be the opening night gala film (and UK premiere) at London’s forerunning celebration of Women filmmakers, the Birds Eye View Film Festival.  Check out this interview and learn more about Jacir and Birds Eye View.

CINEMA DAYS BEIRUT ARAB FILM FESTIVAL:

WHEN I SAW YOU was likewise screened at the 7th edition of the biennale Cinema Days Beirut Arab Film Festival (Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya) hosted by Beirut DC, an organization dedicated to the promotion and support of Arab filmmakers.

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL:

As its name suggests, the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. is at once a celebration and an intervention with the complex and shifting issues central to our global environment.  For its 21st edition, the festival selected Kamila Andini’s THE MIRROR NEVER LIES (Indonesia, Winter 2011 honorable mention) for its official selection.  Read more.

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(FICG):

The good news continues for Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s breakout first feature, SO MUCH WATER (Uruguay, Summer 2012 honorable mention), that took home the Mejor Opera Prima award for Best First Feature at FICGWatch this interview with filmmaker Leticia Jorge and check out GFI staffer Angelica Dongallo’s post about FICG here!

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (IFFLA):

Oh bountiful loveliness! Indeed, and for its 11th edition, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles will feature Ashim Ahiuwalia’s MISS LOVELY (India, Winter 2010 grant recipient)—which, to remind you, was in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes 2012.  Read more about IFFLA here.

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

Adding two more prizes to its ever-growing stockpile, SO MUCH WATER (above), was awarded the Knight Grand Jury Prize and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award from Miami IFF mid-March.  Also, at Miami, Global Lens 2013 film BEIJING FLICKERS (dir. Zhang Yuan, China) was awarded the Miami Future Cinema Critics Award.

REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL:

Yet another festival showcasing multiple GFI films, this time in Toronto, the ReelWorld Film Festival is a premiere forum dedicated to emerging international talent, from music videos to feature films.  For its 12th edition in April, ReelWorld screens Global Lens 2013 films CAIRO 678 (dir. Mohamed Diab, Egypt), MODEST RECEPTION (dir. Mani Haghighi, Iran), and SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS (dir. Suman Ghosh, India).

SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

Anything but a BAD HAIR day for Mariana Rondón (Venezuela, Summer 2012 grant recipient) who has been selected for the San Sebastian International Film Festival’s Films in Progress program.

SONOMA FILM FESTIVAL:

Yes, you may be a FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (dir. Carlos Osuna, Colombia, Global Lens 2012) but we love you anyway—and look forward to seeing you in Sonoma this April!

A big wow to all the filmmakers—2013 has been a trip so far—and, we are sure, will continue to be.  Congratulations! 

Year round Global Lens films are screening across the U.S. and Canada, don’t miss out if we come to your area.  Until then, and for the most up-to date GFI and Global Lens news, “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

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