Barry JenkinsNational Board of Review Gala 2018, Arrivals, New York, USA - 08 Jan 2019

Breaking Film Industry News — March 2019

Everything industry insiders need to know this month at the movies, from newly announced awards to festival lineups, acquisitions and more.

March 1

– Now in its fourth year, the Doc10 film festival is proud to announce their official 2019 film slate. Presented by Chicago Media Project, Doc10 will open with the critically acclaimed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary “Knock Down the House” and close with Emmy Award-winning director John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm.” In celebration of the highly curated event, filmmakers from this year’s ten best documentaries will be descending on Chicago for screenings and Q&A’s. Doc10 will also showcase VR content, industry panels, and creative workshops, and takes place from April 11 – 14, 2019 in Chicago, IL.

Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Knock Down the House” follows progressive activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other insurgent female candidates running for Congress in 2018. Setting their sights on making a difference, the film chronicles these women as they fight for the issues they are most passionate about and shake up the establishment in the process. Winner of Audience Awards at the Hamptons and AFI Film Festivals, “The Biggest Little Farm,” directed by John Chester, chronicles the journey of the director and his wife in their mission to build one of the most diverse and sustainable farms of its kind.

“From farms and factories to house seats and border walls, Doc10 continues to tell not only captivating stories, but also pivotal ones,” said Paula Froehle and Steve Cohen, Co-Founders of Doc10 in an official statement. “This continues to be a knock out year for brilliant documentaries and we are proud to be able to curate 10 of the best docs for Chicago audiences.”

The following films will be featured at Doc10 in April:

  • ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH – (Directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier, Canada, 2018) followed by Q&A with Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier
  • AMERICAN FACTORY – (Directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, USA, 2019) followed by Q&A with Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM – (Director John Chester, USA, 2018) Closing Night Film followed by Q&A
  • THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS – (Director Simen Leren Wilmont, Denmark/Sweden/Finland, 2017) followed by Q&A
  • HAIL SATAN? – (Director Penny Lane, USA, 2018) followed by Q&A with Penny Lane
  • THE INFILTRATORS – (Directors: Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, USA, 2019) followed by Q&A with Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra
  • KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE – (Director: Rachel Lears, USA, 2019) Opening Night Film followed by Q&A with Rachel Lears, Robin, Sarah Olson, Stephanie Soechtig, Kristin Lazure, Amanda Litman
  • MIDNIGHT FAMILY – (Director Luke Lorentzen, Mexico/USA, 2019) followed by Q&A with Luke Lorentzen
  • MIKE WALLACE IS HERE – (Director Avi Belkin, USA, 2019) followed by Q&A
  • ONE CHILD NATION – (Director Nanfu Wang, USA, 2019) followed by Q&A with Nanfu Wang

– Indie Memphis has announced the return of the Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting, supported by the Remembering George Riley at MLK50 campaign. The 2019 Resident will be selected by Academy Award-winning screenwriter/director, Barry Jenkins and will receive two months housing in Memphis, a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant, professional support, and roundtrip travel accommodations. Their screenplay must be for a feature-length film to be produced in Memphis.

The purpose of this residency is to provide opportunity for under-represented artists in filmmaking to develop bold storytelling to ultimately be filmed in the Memphis-area. The residency is looking to support one narrative feature film project and priority will be given to the story deemed most original, daring, intelligent, emotionally resonant, and realistic to produce. Applicants must describe why they believe their film should be produced in Memphis, TN. The setting of the story may or may not be Memphis and the residency will offer an opportunity for initial location scouting and inspiration from the geography and environment.

Barry JenkinsNational Board of Review Gala 2018, Arrivals, New York, USA - 08 Jan 2019

Barry Jenkins

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The residency is provided during the two month timeframe of September 16 – November 16, 2019. No exceptions will be made to the timeline. The residency will include artist participation in events during the Indie Memphis Film Festival the first week of November. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm CST on March 31, 2019.

How to Apply:

  • Fill out the form here
  • Must submit a full treatment of the script and screenplay sample to with the subject line of your name and project title.
  • Treatment must be submitted as a PDF, no more than 20 pages.
  • Screenplay sample must be submitted as a PDF, no more than six pages.
  • Lookbooks will be accepted in addition to treatment and screenplay sample but will not be part of final review process.

– SXSW Film Festival and CherryPicks, a digital brand dedicated to the female critical voice, announce the inaugural 2019 CherryPicks Female First Feature Award, which will award prize money to a first time narrative female director who also has at least one female producer screening at SXSW Film Fest 2019. Additionally, CherryPicks will have a SXSW Conference panel on March 8: “What Makes Critics Love, or Hate A Movie.”

The CherryPicks Female First Feature Award will be chosen by selected members of the CherryPicks and SXSW programming teams. The winner will embody the CherryPicks mission: to create more inclusive storytelling and teamwork in entertainment. Winners will be announced by SXSW at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday March 12, 2019.

– The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced its 2019 lineup of narrative and documentary features, shorts, and opening night gala event. Details are available online at Widely recognized as the premiere global showcase for groundbreaking Indian cinema, IFFLA will take place April 11 – 14 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles. This is the festival’s third year in the state-of-the-art, world-class cinema in the heart of the city’s vibrant and developing downtown district. Opening and Closing Gala presentations will take place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills with dinner receptions to follow hosted by Indian restaurant Spice Affair.

IFFLA 2019 will feature three world premieres, two North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 11 Los Angeles premiere screenings. The impressive lineup represents 9 languages, and includes a diverse collection of female and first-time filmmakers along with festival alumni returning with their latest projects.

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