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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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!
Do not miss your first encounter of the “third kind” in an exclusive one-day online preview of the latest acclaimed film by Danish director Michael Madsen THE VISIT! See how ready modern civilization is for an encounter with extraterrestrial visitors, what the phrase “galactic diplomacy” means and what it looks like when the boundaries between documentary film and an artistic visual opus are blurred.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, it will be exactly thirty years since the world experienced its first and so far most destructive nuclear disaster. Since then, the story of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant has become a byword for apocalyptic visions of the future with fatally failing modern technologies as well as a key argument for the opponents of nuclear power engineering. It is therefore no wonder that the power plant, with its past and present, has become the subject of several documentary films. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the event, you can watch these films at DAFilms.com for free!
Can a documentary film carry a strong political message while reaching the dimensions of a conceptual work? Can it speak of complex human stories while making use of highly aestheticized images? Meet the film work of one of today’s most remarkable Norwegian directors Thomas A. Østbye. Watch his original films winning awards at human rights festivals while filling global art galleries, including the director’s master class, from April 18 to25 at DAFilms.com for free!
“Why are we here?” The brief and apt question invites an unlimited number of possible answers. Czech film classic Karel Vachek seeks possible indications of those answers and perspectives of the sense and meaning of human existence in his latest essay THE OBSCURANTIST AND HIS LINEAGE OR THE PYRAMIDS’ TEARFUL VALLEY. Watch the film that will transport you to the transcendental levels of human existence in the week from April 11 to 17 for free!