AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)
SINCE: 2003
WHERE: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
WEBSITE: www.afi.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) is an internationally recognized event that honors excellence in filmmaking, supports the diverse voices and free expression of independent storytellers and celebrates the power of documentary to improve our understanding of the world.

Silverdocs Announces 2011 Award Winners; Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL

Silverdocs Announces 2011 Award Winners; Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL

OUR SCHOOL directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coco-Cozma

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners, culminating the weeklong festival activities that included the screening of 108 films representing 52 countries, a free outdoor screening, live performances and a five-day professional documentary conference.  The Festival hosted 27,000 attendees, including more than 1,500 filmmakers, film and television executives and media professionals celebrating the art and business of documentary filmmaking.

This year’s Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coco-Cozma.  Shot over the course of four years, the film follows the attempt to integrate isolated rural Roma (or gypsy) children into the mainstream school system of Romania.  Focusing on seven-year-old Alin, 12-year-old Beni and 16-year-old Dana, this fascinating film takes an unflinching look at the challenges of a longstanding tradition of prejudice.  The prize is accompanied by a $5,000 cash award.

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its full slate of competition films for the Festival AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Competition SlateSterling U.S. Feature Competition BETTER THIS WORLD / USA, 2011, 97 minutes (Director: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega) — When two Midland, Texas, activists make Molotov cocktails at the 2008 Republican Convention, a dramatic story unfolds, with multiple domestic terrorism charges, an entrapment defense and a surprising FBI informant.  The film sets in high […]

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films for the Festival, taking place June 20-26, 2011 in the Washington, D.C. area. The Festival will open its ninth annual edition on June 20, 2011 with THE SWELL SEASON.  Directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis, THE SWELL SEASON follows musical artists Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who captivated audiences and earned an Academy Award for their musical collaboration in the […]