FESTIVALS & AWARDS: Durban, San Sebastian, Montreal and more!

There’s a lot to celebrate these days! Congratulations to the following GFI grant recipients and Global Lens films:

 

GFI GRANT RECIPIENTS:

SKOONHEID was awarded Best South African Feature Film and Jury Special Mention Prize at the Durban International Film Festival, and will also be traveling to the Toronto International Film Festival in September! Read an interview with director Oliver Hermanus here.

San Sebastian Film Festival logoON THE PLANK will screen at the San Sebastian International Film Festival as part of the Zabaltegi Specials lineup (ON THE PLANK received the Cinema in Motion award at the festival last year). Watch a video of writer-director Leila Kilani speaking about the film here.

THE DEAD SEA will screen at the Montreal World Film Festival in the First Films Competition. This follows the film gaining CBFC clearance and having a successful world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival, where it participated in the International Competition Section and packed the house during its screenings and Q&A sessions. Read an interview with the director, Leena Manimekalai, here.

SHADOWS AND FACES will screen at the Montreal World Film Festival in the World Greats section. Earlier this year, the film was awarded Best Film, Best Director and five other distinctions at the Ankara International Film Festival. Watch a trailer for the film here.

 

GLOBAL LENS FILMS:

BELVEDERE was was co-presented by GFI in Toronto as part of the Srebrenica Genocide Commemoration Week.  All proceeds from the event were donated to survivors of Srebrenica; read a messsage from Santhosh Daniel, Director of Programs on this film.

A USEFUL LIFE  and THE INVISIBLE EYE recently screened in the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival. Click here for highlights and recommended films from the festival.

THE WHITE MEADOWS was co-presented by GFI at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read more about the Museum’s “Once Upon a Time in the Middle East” film series here.

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