Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and PUMA.Creative Announce PUMA.Creative Catalyst Award Winners for First Quarter 2011
Call for Entries for Second Quarter 2011 Opens
London, UK, January 4, 2011 – Today, PUMA.Creative and Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation announced ten award winners for the first quarter 2011 PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards.
The PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards are a rapid response fund to support the very best in creative documentary filmmaking. Providing strategic and catalytic resources in the early stages of documentary projects, with 40 awards annually of up to 5,000 Euros each, to shoot and edit a film trailer that can function as a tool to demonstrate and accelerate the potential of the filmmakers’ vision. Each quarter, ten new PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards are granted.
“Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation’s mission is to find new sources of funding and distribution for documentary films, In our partnership with PUMA.Creative and the launch of the PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards we are able to reach an international filmmaking community for the first time,” said Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation Director Maxyne Franklin “We are proud to be working with such a diverse range of filmmakers from Emmy award-winners to first time filmmakers. These ten films represent a wide range of styles and issues and we look forward to being able to help bring them to the world.”
For the first quarter 2011 over three hundred and fifty submissions were received from filmmakers working as far afield as China and Peru, Poland and South Africa. Film submissions included such important stories of our times from ending gang violence in inner cities to outlandish environmental protesters in the Andes, from emancipation on the race track to celebrating Africa’s finest Laureates. For more information please visit http://puma.britdoc.org/film_directories/2/view
“As part of our mission to contribute to a better world, PUMA.Creative supports documentary filmmakers highlighting creative, social justice, peace or environmental issues,” said Mark Coetzee, Programme Director, PUMAVision and Chief Curator, PUMA.Creative. “These ten new PUMA.Creative Catalyst Award winners will contribute to that mission and help us all to understand ourselves and the world better.”
Concurrently with the announcement of the ten winners, Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and PUMA.Creative announced second quarter 2011 applications open. For more information please visit http://puma.britdoc.org/pages/683/view
PUMA.Creative Catalyst Award Winners First Quarter 2011
Armenia Wants a Piece of the North Pole, and the South Pole Too
Director: Vardan Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
Using the humorous device of two Armenian comedians’ claim to the poles, this film will highlight the absurd lengths to which nations go in the service of greed. North and South Poles—melting ice, scarce resources, fierce competition of big nations. Armenia wants in…
Director: Eva Weber (Germany)
This evocative and poignant documentary shows how children reconcile their daily lives in one of the world’s poorest countries with their desire to learn. Every day during exam season, as the sun sets over Conakry, Guinea, hundreds of school students begin heading to the airport, searching for electricity.
Director: Luis Ilizarbe (Peru)
‘Cal Summits’ follows Eduardo Gold and his local villagers as they attempt to paint the now snow-free mountain caps of Peru white to reflect the light and combat climate change. After beating cancer Eduardo Gold formed ‘Peru Glaciers’, an NGO which, in 2009, won one of the twenty prizes in the World Banks ‘100 Ideas to save the planet’.
Directors: Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman (USA)
‘The E-Team’ follows three key members of the intrepid Human Rights Watch Emergency Team as they go about their high stakes investigative work on the front lines of international human rights abuses.
The Last Song
Director: Katia Paradis (Canada)
'The Last Song' is the tale of ordinary mothers who, one day, for a matter of life of death, turn themselves into composers. The film tells the story of the Garifuna women of Central America who have been passing on their threatened oral traditions for more than 200 years.
Director: Kenneth Gyang (Nigeria)
‘Laureates’ is a visual odyssey of the thirteen Nobel laureates Africa has produced from 1960 to 2010. From the suburbs of Lagos, Accra, Cairo, Nairobi and Johannesburg, African youths relive the quest for a safe and peaceful world in a creative juxtaposition between merit, excellence and diverse continental and global realities.
Shattered Pieces of Peace
Director: Nonhlanhla Dlamini (Swaziland)
Having publicly condemned her daughters sexuality, mother Sharon is forced to grapple love for a child who could face the death penalty with her own intense homophobia. Her daughter, a mother of two whose name means Peace, has been arrested and charged with the murder of her female partner.
Director: Geoffrey Smith (Australia)
‘Speed Sisters’ follows an all women driving team who are not just racing for the thrill; they are out to show that Palestine is as diverse and dynamic as anywhere.
In a country where movement is heavily restricted, motor racing has become hugely popular.
We Are Many
Director: Amir Amirani (Iran)
‘We Are Many’ is a film that aims to harness the passion and political energy of the anti-war movement as a force for good in giving people a voice. The film will do this through the story of the biggest peace march in human history. On 15 February 2003, in over 800 cities around the world, 30 million people protested against the planned invasion of Iraq.
What’s Going On?
Director: Penny Woolcock (UK)
‘What’s Going On?’ is a film that follows gangs of young men as they stab and shoot each other for straying into the wrong postcode. But now, two gang leaders want to make peace. Will they succeed or fail?
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PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards
40 PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards for documentary film are awarded annually of up to 5,000 Euros each. Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, in consultation with PUMA.Creative, makes the quarterly award selection from open submissions. For more information please visit: www.britdoc.org/puma
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Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation
The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation is a not-for-profit sponsored by Channel 4 Television and supported by a number of Foundations both in the UK and the USA. Since 2005, our mission has been to build a creatively ambitious and diverse future for documentary. We do this by creating brilliant films and engaging new partners to ensure that those films have lasting global impact.
The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation has in its first five years, co-funded and produced over sixty documentaries—films that have won audience awards at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Edinburgh Film Festivals, played at SXSW, Berlin, Toronto and London Film Festivals. Titles include: ‘Afghan Star’, ‘The End of The Line’, ‘We Are Together’, ‘The Yes Men Fix The World.’ The resulting films that have been shown around the world on C4, Arte, HBO and released by EMI, Dogwoof and Warners in cinemas and on DVD.
In addition to our UK Production Fund, The Foundation recently announced a new major partnership with PUMA.Creative which includes a new International Development Fund open to filmmakers all over the world, and the PUMA.Creative Impact Award—an annual prize honouring the documentary film which has created the most significant social impact. For more information please visit www.britdoc.org