FESTIVALS & AWARDS: Berlinale, Rotterdam and Beyond

SO MUCH WATER (Uruguay) and A FOLD IN MY BLANKET (Georgia) @ Berlinale Panorama are just two jewels in a mother lode of GFI films, fests and awards this month….

SO MUCH WATER (Uruguay), GFI grant recipient, premieres at Berlinale!


It’s a new year and our Global Lens films and GFI grant recipients are back in a big way, with screenings all over Europe this month for some of the biggest conferences of world cinema on the globe, at Berlin, Rotterdam and beyond. Without further adieu, here are this month’s headlines:

The Berlin International Film Festival is always host of a wide array of world and European premieres, and this year these premieres include those of six GFI grant recipients—likely our greatest showing at Berlinale to-date!

For those of you attending Berlinale, be sure to catch our grant recipients—from Costa Rica to China—premiering and screening at this year’s festival:

GFI grant recipient THE PARDON (Rwanda) shines brightly at its world premiere at Goteborg and its U.S. premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival!

This year’s edition of Sweden’s premiere film festival, the Goteborg International Film Festival, features the following Global Lens films: BEIJING FLICKERS (dir. Zhang Yuan, China, Global Lens 2013), THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (dir. Sebastián del Amo, Mexico, Global Lens 2013) and STUDENT (dir. Darezhan Omirbayev, Kazakhstan, Global Lens 2013). THE PARDON (dir. Joel Karekezi, Rwanda, Winter 2012 grant recipient) will celebrate its world premiere at the festival, and THE CREMATOR (dir. Peng Tao, China, Summer 2009 grant recipient) continues its tour of the festival circuit after its successful premiere at Toronto.

Global Lens 2013 film ABOUT 111 GIRLS (Iraq) screens at Rotterdam 2013!

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is one of the globe’s most influential film festivals, this 42nd edition features a few of our Global Lens films and grant recipients—read on about these films in our Eye of the Tiger post!:

Good news travels quickly–GFI grant recipient THE PARDON (above), screens at the 21st annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles! For a sneak peek, watch the film trailer here!

THE PARDON (above) will have its U.S. premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival in January, on the heels of its world premiere at Goteborg. Keep tabs on the film’s official website in order to follow its tour of the festival circuit!

As always, Global Lens films are screening all year across the U.S. and Canada, so be sure to catch one of the films in your area!

Congratulations to all of our films and filmmakers! For the most up-to date news about GFI and Global Lens, “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

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