Each June, filmmakers and audiences converge in the Nation’s Capital at SilverDocs, the internationally renowned documentary film festival spun from a unique alliance between the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications. The festival has been dubbed "Non-Fiction Nirvana" by Variety, and the "premiere showcase for documentary film" by The Hollywood Reporter. This year’s festival kicks off next Monday, June 18th and runs through June 24th at the AFI’s Silver Theater, just steps away from Discovery headquarters. SilverDocs offers an opportunity to see new documentaries combined with a robust conference that connects producers with key decision makers in non-fiction. SilverDocs staff reports that HBO and The Weinstein Company have made pre-festival inquiries and anticipate the festival will provide a fertile environment for acquisitions.
Producers Guild National Capital Chapter is hosting a Happy Hour with Women in Film and Video on Tuesday, June 19that McGinty’s Public House around the corner from the theater. In addition, the chapter is putting the finishing touches on an Insider’s Breakfast, its signature event, with Snag Films’ Rick Allen. Details to be announced in the coming days.
"AFI-Discovery Channel SilverDocs, celebrating its 10th edition in 2012, is the only event in the U.S. that combines the experience of a documentary festival with a professional conference, fusing the art and business of nonfiction storytelling,” said Sky Sitney, Festival Director. "This year’s Conference offers an extensive program of advanced sessions that explore today’s leading topics in the context of a relaxed and intimate setting ideal for creative and business connections to be made.” Among the highlights of the conference is Silver Sessions. Silver Sessions are small-group meetings with development, programming and acquisition executives, program officers from funding agencies, theatrical, DVD and international broadcast distributors, digital media innovators, marketing and PR consultants, producers’ representatives, legal advisers and industry leaders. Other conference highlights include panels on pitching with PBS, Discovery and other major networks as well as funding opportunities in the digital landscape and with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Notable filmmakers presenting their work include Yung Chang (China Heavyweight); Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Detropia); Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In); Ross McElwee (Photographic Memory); and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (Paradise Lost Trilogy, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legend of Sun Records, Crude, Under African Skies), who will be honored at the festival’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium for their collective and individual contributions to the documentary genre.
You can follow @PGAontheHill and @SilverDocs for updates throughout the festival and search these hashtags for the festival and conference on Twitter:
#Silverdocs and #SDConference12
Members of the National Capital will be posting news to The Networker during the festival. If you plan to attend let National Capital members know you’re in town!