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Thessaloniki Takeaways # 2: Leo Dicaprio Builds His Resume. The False Hope of NETFLIX

2015 March 29
by Peter Hamilton

Leonardo Dicaprio was a winner at Thessaloniki. The Peter Wintonick Audience Award in the International category went to VIRUNGA by Orlando von Εinsiedel. VIRUNGA is ‘A NETFLIX Documentary’ EP’d by Dicaprio. It’s about endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park of the DR Congo. Virunga was also nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards this […]

Thessaloniki Takeaways: Pitching Lessons. Access. Funding Strategies. NETFLIX Wins. And Great Food!

2015 March 24
by Peter Hamilton

The 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival & Market far exceeded my expectations. Here’s why! Video by US director Michael Galinsky, who pitched All the Rage about the back pain miracle worker, Dr Sarno. 1. A Lesson in Political Economy  Thessaloniki is the #2 Greek city. The horizon across Thermaikos Gulf is graced by snow-covered Mt Olympus, […]

ITN Source Short Film Competition, in Association with Sheffield Doc/Fest & Audio Network / £1,000 Prize

2015 March 20
by Peter Hamilton

ITN Source, the footage licensing division of ITN, launched its first short film competition, calling on filmmakers to create a one minute film using footage from its archive. and ITN Source are partners in promoting the creative use of the archive in unscripted films. Prize / Terms: The ITN Source Short Film Competition, in association […]

On BBC4: ‘The Polio Story: The Vaccine That Changed The World’ Triples Average Audience for its Slot

2015 March 15
by Peter Hamilton

Just in: The Polio Story earned ‘three times the average audience for its slot.’ Tonight on BBC Four: ‘The Polio Story: The Vaccine That Changed The World’ This is possibly one of the most inspirational stories of the 20th century. Polio was one of every parent’s nightmare. It was 1952, and polio gripped the world in […]

MIPDoc Panels: ‘Going Global & Digital’ / ‘Getting Funders + Incentives’

2015 March 13
by Peter Hamilton

Watch out for two big, expert panels at MIPDoc that I will happily moderate: Producers Toolbox : Bright Ways To Go Global & Digital, Sunday 12 April at 9.30 in Agora Room: A highly relevant question in the new multifaceted landscape of today. Stay ahead of the curve and discover first-hand how to work with new digital […]

ITN Source & Announce Sponsor Partnership

2015 March 10
by Peter Hamilton

We are delighted to launch a full year sponsor partnership with ITN Source, the footage licensing division of leading news and multimedia content provider, ITN. The sponsorship will support our coverage of the use of the archive in documentary films. Our unique and detailed Case Studies in the History genre include: Origin of the Killer Virus MLK […]

Condolences Following Copenhagen Attacks / EDN Docs in Thessaloniki Master Class, March 19

2015 February 16
by Peter Hamilton

I was in the middle of arranging a workshop in Thessaloniki sponsored by EDN, the European Documentary Network, when news broke of the Copenhagen attacks. The events turned out to be closer to our friends than we could have imagined. I learned from EDN’s Ove Jensen that murdered filmmaker Finn Norgaard shared an office with his […]

From New York Times: CCTV, China’s Propaganda Tool, Finds Itself at Center of Antigraft Drive

2015 February 15
by Peter Hamilton

The New York Times’ Edward Wong reports this weekend on events sweeping CCTV, China’s national broadcaster. He describes the intra-party fighting and allegations of corruption that have dashed CCTV’s reputation. A further casualty is the high expectation among Western producers and channels that China was rapidly becoming a reliable buyer and financial partner. Chengdu during Asian Side […]