The names of the possible future winners of the 8th edition of the Doc Alliance Selection Award are already circulating across festivals and media. The luckiest of the nominated directors will receive the award on August 8, 2015 in Locarno. However, the important decision about the award winner is not brought by luck but rather by the jury comprised of seven leading European film critics. We are introducing the first one of them, Portuguese representative of Público Daily Jorge Mourinha!
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When was the last time you touched the film reel, if at all? When clicking the single button “Play“, can you still imagine hours of physically demanding work spent in the darkroom to conjure up a few moving images? Return to the world of film material brought alive by human hands; material that can be separated and joined again. Enter the darkroom along with world-famous avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and watch his online retrospective from May 25 to June 7 at DAFilms.com for free!
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Most of us will likely be able to find Iran on the map of the world. However, what mark has Iranian cinema made on the map of contemporary world documentary? The difficult path of contemporary Iranian film across film festival programmes is lined with a complicated political situation as well as an evident desire for change. Use the unique opportunity to watch a selection of the most interesting Iranian documentaries of the past 15 years online from May 18 to 24 at DAFilms.com for free!
In the past years, his name has regularly appeared on the lists of the most remarkable talents of contemporary documentary film. With each of his new films, star of young Argentinian cinema MAURO ANDRIZZI proves that he is not going to fall from the wobbly ladder of festival fame and programme selection any time soon. Watch the films by a filmmaker to whom film means life and vice versa; meet Mauro Andrizzi from May 11 to 17 at DAFilms.com for free!
Three unique letters that are stirring the global stream of political, economic and cultural events; three letters that have defined the western hemisphere and become the symbol of power and physical strength. However, what are the symbols of contemporary America oscillating between a temple of consumerism, a self-appointed watchdog of democracy and a utopian paradise of dreams come true? Compose the film fragments of contemporary America with DAFilms.com! Spin your documentary kaleidoscope from May 4 to 10, 2015.
The French documentary festival FID Marseille ranks among the key destinations of viewers who are not afraid to experiment, discover and learn new dialects of the film language. It is the unrelenting effort to explore the possibilities of the film medium, articulate complex social themes and give space to young talented filmmakers that has defined the past quarter century of the festival. Recall a selection of films awarded last year before the launch of the festival’s 26th edition! Recall the film atmosphere of the French Riviera from April 20 to May 3 at DAFilms.com!
Look under the cover of your everyday routine, stop and look around you. Where are you, who are you, where do you belong and why are you in a hurry? These are essential questions to which there are no easy answers. Learn the art of asking in the visually diverse film essays and experiments by multimedia artist Deborah Stratman. Watch the filmmaker’s first online retrospective from April 13 to 19 at DAFilms.com for free!
The beginning of the new Doc Alliance season is drawing near! The Swiss festival Visions du Réel is traditionally the first one to pick up the documentary baton. However, even before the opening of the 46th edition, the festival has a spectacular online surprise for all impatient viewers; 60 short films by renowned local and global directors in which selected personalities celebrate the past anniversaries of the festival and introduce their vision of the future. What is the “Trace of the Future according to...” like? Watch from March 30 to April 12, 2015 at DAFilms.com for free!
Do you like meeting new cultures, continents, worlds that are both close and remote, analogue and digital? Then drop your notepads and grab your cameras! That is exactly what contemporary anthropological research looks like in the rendition of a group of scientists, artists and ethnographers from the experimental audiovisual laboratory Sensory Ethnography Lab of the prestigious Harvard University. Thanks to our co-operation with Canada’s RIDM (Montreal International Documentary Festival), you can watch 14 original films whose makers were not afraid to create their own film language and travel to the most far-flung corners of the world; from March 16 to 29 at DAFilms.com for free!
When injustice occurs, do you hide in the corner or do you rush to help? Are you able to raise your voice when there is a need to speak up? The Romanian festival One World Romania definitely does not hide in the corner and will speak to viewers across the globe through remarkable documentary films from Monday, March 9 to Sunday, March 15 online at DAFilms.com! Join the Romanian “Kino Maidan” and watch five nominated films for free!
What is the role of short film in the history of Czech cinema? How and to whom did it speak in its few minutes? Why is it so important for the contemporary form of documentary film? Open the as yet unknown collections of short Czech film of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s from the National Film Archive in Prague! Immerse yourselves in film history through the unique project Atoms of Eternity and watch five archive short films selected exclusively for the viewers of DAFilms.com from Monday, February 23 to Sunday, March 8 for free!