Ever since 2008, Doc Alliance has been organising an international award intended especially for first-time directors. The Doc Alliance Selection Award helps up-and-coming filmmaking talents to put their name on the documentary map, providing a prize of EUR 5,000 to support their future projects. In 2016, Doc Alliance again nominated 7 outstanding films that will be vying for the 9th annual Doc Alliance Selection Award. The name of the winning title will be announced on August 7, 2016 during an official ceremony at the Locarno International Film Festival.
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The summer holiday is a traditional time for us to embark on an adventure in the company of the students of Prague’s FAMU. Are you wondering what the young Czech filmmakers have learned in the past year, who has grown since last year and what themes reverberate in university circles today? Leave it to us and join us on a two-week leave with Prague students who have packed games for the road, postcards (1 CZK a piece), stories from the Balkans and a large dose of experiment in their backpacks.
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Have a great viewing experience in the middle of the sultry summer and try the film titbits made by the most intriguing contemporary Austrian directors. In the cool shade of a tall tree and the giant of world music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stream the film collage THE MOZART MINUTE in the week from July 25 to 31 for free!
Seize the unique opportunity to watch the winning film of this year’s edition of the prestigious French festival Cinéma du Réel LONG STORY SHORT for free! Look into the lives of people who keep striving for social acceptance despite the stigma of homelessness and poverty in their emotionally open video blogs. In the week from July 18 to 24, you can watch the exceptional film by renowned American video artist Natalie Bookchin deliberately defying the aesthetic of perfect film images and the strength of social prejudice.
Whether for the first time or again and even deeper, sail into the visually attractive and seemingly calm film waters, with the extraordinary audiovisual works by Austrian filmmaker and photographer Andreas Horvath reflecting on the surface. Be sucked into the dramatic whirlpool of modern historical events and learn to breathlessly observe the subtle suspense built within timelessness. Be amused, surprised, angered and lyrically enchanted by the director’s colourful film retrospective available at DAFilms.com from July 4 to 17 for free!
Check out our selection of the cream of Czech documentary crop vying for the title of the best documentary film in the “Czech Joy” section at one of the Doc Alliance festivals – Jihlava IDFF. You can now enjoy the fruits of the local documentary harvest directly from your home and join DAFilms.com to celebrate the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the festival. Watch films made by the rising stars and constants on the Czech documentary skies from June 20 to July 3 online for free!
There are only five weeks left until this year’s 27th edition of Doc Alliance member FIDMarseille. The sun-drenched seaport will then raise its red-and-white festival flags and offer international audiences refuge in air-conditioned cinemas. However, as always, FID Marseille will offer anything but simple respite, presenting instead a wealth of artistically and critically challenging new documentaries. Before meeting the new stars of the Cote d’Azur, from June 6 – 19 join us to celebrate the festival winners of FIDMarseille 2015!
For many centuries, the world thought that time could be captured only through literary narrative, and space could be captured only by painting. But then came film, which set static spatial frames into motion, followed by modern physics, which moved time and space beyond the limits of the human imagination. What is time, where is space, and how do they work together? Watch five lessons in film philosophy from 30 May to 5 June, free at DAFilms.com!
Experience a docudrama that was scripted not by a writer, but by European wartime and post-war history. See a meteoric rise and abysmal fall, set against the glamour of early cinema stardom, the expansion of the Third Reich, and the desolation of exile. Learn the story of Lída Baarová, the 1920s and 1930s Czechoslovak film diva, the woman who bewitched Nazi Germany, in the latest film by the international award-winning director Helena Třeštíková – ZKÁZA KRÁSOU (DOOMED BEAUTY)!
The longer days of spring can serve as an invitation to explore unknown places. One such place which is not to be overlooked in the pursuit of adventure and new cinema is Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. From May 12 – 18 it will host the 13th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival – Cronograf. Although we cannot offer you a ticket to Moldova, we can however offer an insight into this year’s festival program. Have a look what to expect from the Cronograf festival‘s programming department at DAFilms.com between May 16 – 22!
From mediocrity to alien civilizations, from a theatre theme to 3D technology, from conceptual art to documentary film. Explore the unexpected and original ways of the art world of Danish director Michael Madsen, one of the leading filmmakers of the Nordic cinematic superpower. Watch the director’s film retrospective for free and do not miss your first encounter of the “third kind” via the Czech online premiere of the documentary sci-fi THE VISIT in the week from May 2 to 15!