WEEK IN REVIEW: Saving Birds and Soaking it up in San Sebastian

We’re gearing up for the busiest season of the year here at GFI, with final decisions being made for the Global Lens 2012 lineup, grant applications under review and continuing DVD releases and Global Lens screenings.

In the midst of all this, it seems that each day brings more great news, important events and unexpected surprises. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately, and what’s in store for the near future:

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"Look for the yellow bag!" (Our calling card at festivals)

WHEN IN SPAIN: GFI Founder and Board Chair Susan Weeks Coulter traveled to the San Sebastián International Film Festival, where she met with filmmakers from around the world, saw a few unreleased and extremely impressive new projects, and made some new friends—most memorably after missing the last bus and getting stranded in the rain!

Gaston Kabore

Gaston Kabore

A VISIT TO REMEMBER: We’re very excited about Gaston Kabore’s visit during the Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 6-16)! The festival features a tribute to the Burkinabe filmmaker and GFI Film Board member, as well as a screening of Kabore’s Buud Yam

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J.M. Gaston Kaboré Joins GFI Film Board

We are pleased to announce that acclaimed Burkinabe director and founder of the Imagine Institute in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, J.M. Gaston Kaboré has been appointed to the Global Film Initiative’s Film Board.

Before founding the Imagine Institute in 2005, Mr. Kaboré served as Director of the Centre National du Cinéma in Burkina Faso, and as Secretary-General of Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers from 1985-1997. As a film director, Mr. Kaboré is most well-known for his films Wend Kuuni–which at the time of its production in 1982 was only the second feature film to be produced in Burkina Faso–and Buud Yam, which received the Best Film award at the 15th Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).

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