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The State of the Art, Part I: Documentary Ethics

Always an important issue for documentarians – blog post from the NFB by Jovana Jankovic

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“We are not documentarians, we are filmmakers.” Discuss.

Joe Berlinger & Michael Moore on the changing market for documentary Two topical posts in quick succession: first Michael Moore’s 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films issued at the Toronto International Film Festival’s sixth annual Doc Conference in September 2014, followed by … Continue reading

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Background reading

For those interested in the history of documentary in GEECT / CILECT we have updated the Themes section to include Chap Freeman’s history of the VISIONS project since 1993, as well as texts on documentary by Rolf Orthel and Colin Young. … Continue reading

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Registration still open, but spaces filling up quickly

Just a quick update to remind everyone that although registrations are still open, places are filling up. Also we are about to close proposals for “Best Kept Secrets” and the longer presentations on Friday morning, so these need to be … Continue reading

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Sight and Sound: Greatest Documentaries of All Time

  Most readers of this blog will have seen the recent poll by the British Film Institute which can be accessed variously as the Critics’ 50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time, the Filmmakers’ Greatest Documentaries of All Time or the interactive combined poll of both.  Many familiar titles, … Continue reading

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“Teaching Documentary” – 5 titles to look out for

Five books to add to your reading list: three explicitly on the subject of teaching documentary, and one  – the most recent – on the history of the film school. The two oldest titles are out of print, but you … Continue reading

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Doc Alliance streams FAMU student docs for free till August 3

Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals: CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, FID Marseille, Jihlava IDFF, Planete Doc Film Festival, Visions du Réel Nyon & Doclisboa. The online portal DAFilms.com is an online distribution platform for documentary and experimental films focused on European cinema. For … Continue reading

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Symposium Topics – slots still open for your suggestions

Here’s the overview of the programme – your input requested for the two open slots on the Friday and “Best Kept Secrets” Wednesday November 5th Arrival day – travel (good connections from Bristol, Cardiff, LHR airports) to Cardiff Central Station … Continue reading

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NAHEMI supports “Teaching Documentary”

We’re delighted to report that the National Association for the Moving Image in Higher Education (NAHEMI) has just come on board with financial support for the symposium. NAHEMI connects UK courses which focus on creative practice and  “…acts as a … Continue reading

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Update – revised programme for “Teaching Docs”

At long last the revised programme for November is available as a PDF to download. Registration details to follow shortly on this website. Teaching Docs July Update PDF Don’t forget to send us proposals for the two vacant sessions as well … Continue reading

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