Nov 09, 2011

More great news from Spain (Canary Islands to be exact). Family Portrait in Black and White wins an Audience Award as the most popular film of the MiradasDoc Film Festival. Not only did the director Julia Ivanova got to spend four days in one of the most breathtaking places on earth but also got to come home with a 3kg weighing statue.

Lesson learned once again, we should all learn Spanish. Concurrent MiradasDoc Market was very lively with much of Spanish and some international industry represented. Unfortunately, we were mistakenly listed in the Experimental section of the Market catalog so there won’t be much follow up from that.

Julia reports a nice tan and great spirits leading us to Best of Fests Showcase at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA 2011).

Nov 04, 2011

We’ve returned from Spain with not one but two awards in our very heavy suitcases filled with Spanish made shoes. Family Portrait in Black and White won AECID Cultural Diversity Award as well as Time of History Third Prize. Valladolid International Film Festival (also known as Seminci) is so well organized, beautiful cinemas for the screenings, well publicized, basically the best it can be for a filmmaker. Special event at Yllera Winery was such a treat even though we were served local delicacy (grilled baby lamb) which I had to decline. The city itself is very beautiful full of churches, squares and plenty of tapas restaurants serving local wine at €1.50 per glass. We had an amazing time. Hope to be back with our next film.