FESTIVALS & AWARDS: Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Durban and more!

Great news, accolades and accomplishments abound for Global Lens films and GFI grant recipients! Congratulations to the following films and filmmakers:

THE LIGHT THIEF received a World Cinema Fund for distribution at the Berlin International Film Festival! Directed by Aktan Arym Kubat and currently touring in the Global Lens 2011 film series, THE LIGHT THIEF tells the story of an enterprising electrician in Kyrgyzstan and the effect of outside influences on his village—read the film’s review in Screen Daily here.

BELVEDERE screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the East of West section, which focuses on films of the former Eastern Bloc. Directed by Ahmed Imamovic and part of the Global Lens 2011 film series, the film follows a woman searching for her family in the aftermath of the Sbrenica massacre. For more information about the recent burial of the Sbrenica victims, click here.

On the heels of recent success in Cannes, GFI grant recipient SKOONHEID will be screening at the Durban International Film Festival, marking the film’s premiere in it’s native country! To read an interview with the director, Oliver Hermanus, click here.

Also screening at Durban is GFI grant recipient THE DEAD SEA, which will have it’s world premiere at the festival. To read more about the film and the recent ban lifted by India’s Central Board of Film Certification, click here.

Denise Newman, star of the Global Lens 2010 film SHIRLEY ADAMS, added to her collection of Best Actress awards at the African Film Festival of Tarifa! SHIRLEY ADAMS will be released on DVD August 16th—get a sneak peek by watching a behind-the-scenes feature here, including an interview with Denise herself!

GFI grant recipient GUERILLA BOY started shooting in June, after receiving a GFI grant in the Winter 2011 cycle! To read more about Kenyan director Simiyu Birasa, click here.

GFI grant recipient TOK TOKKIE was invited to Focus Features’ “Story Camp,” a 3-day laboratory and workshop for emerging filmmakers and producers. To read more about why Focus Features CEO James Schamus is setting his sights on independent films with small budgets, click here.

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