The Global Film Initiative announced that seven filmmakers have been awarded completion funds for their film projects during the Intitative's Fall granting cycle. The seven projects were selected from a group of forty-four applications, from twenty-six different countries, for "their artistic excellence, accomplished storytelling, and cultural perspective on daily life around the world." They include Ahmed Rashwan's "100% Alive," Hassan Yektapanah's "Bibi," Oscar Ruiz Navia's "Crab Trap," Ubaka Joseph Ugochukwu's "Europe By Road," Nabin Subba's "Goodbye Kathmandu," Cristian Pellegrini's "Veronica's Passion" and Murali Nair's "Virgin Goat." "This Fall's grant-recipients represent a diverse spectrum of global filmmaking," says Santhosh Daniel, Director of Programs. "We're very impressed by the high quality of projects, and the cultural breadth they represent." Since its founding in 2002, the Initiative has awarded more than fifty grants to emerging and established filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. [Peter Knegt]