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

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Simiyu Barasa Bags Two Grants to Make Movies (Nairobi Star)

GFI-supported film, GUERRILLA BOY, receives additional funding before production

(via Nairobi Star) Kenyan filmmaker Simiyu Barasa will be a busy man this year. He has bagged two major grants to shoot two movies. “Yes, I have been awarded a Global Film Initiative grant to film my feature drama film Guerrilla Boy and the Puma Creative Catalyst Award to produce a screener for my feature length film documentary, Charlie Pele. The Global Film Initiative is a California-based organisation that funds films internationally, with great filmmakers like Chris Doyle and Mira Nair on its board. Puma Creative Catalyst Award is an international fund; it is a London-based collaboration between Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation and Puma Creative to fund documentaries in early stages of production to be able to make trailers for their projects. For both funds, you apply through the web,” Simiyu told Word Is.