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Film Festival Roundup: Daughters Festival Honors Julie Dash’s Work, Indie Memphis Reveals Winners and More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

Daughters of the Dust

“Daughters of the Dust”

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Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, S.C. has unveiled the full lineup for their Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Women Filmmakers of Color Festival, which celebrates the legacy of Julie Dash’s seminal film “Daughters of the Dust,” and features the work of 9 filmmakers who were nominated for the honor.

This landmark festival is made possible by support from Nikky Finney and the African American Studies Program in the College of Art and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Daughters is co-curated by the Nickelodeon’s managing director, Seth Gadsden, and Columbia filmmaker and artist, Roni Nicole Henderson. The festival will feature nine women of color in different stages of their filmmaking careers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking “Daughters of the Dust,” which was the first feature-length film directed by an African-American woman to receive national theatrical distribution.

The festival will take place November 11 – 13 and you can find out more information about their programming and aims over at their official website.

– The EQUUS Film Festival has announced its full lineup for this year’s event, taking place November 17 – 20 at New York City’s Village East Cinema. The festival has been “created to highlight and award the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse. The festival empowers storytellers to show the rich history and diverse tapestry of horses in human culture through equestrian content.” You can check out the full lineup here.

Openers, Closers and Other Additions

– The 61st Cork Film Festival has announced that documentary films and filmmaking, and alternative funding and audience engagement methodologies are the primary focuses of the Industry Programme of this year’s festival. The two-day program will take place on November 17 and 18 in the River Lee.

“I am grateful for the continued support of the Broadcast Authority Ireland and Screen Training Ireland for the Festival’s Industry Programme,” said James Mullighan, Creative Director of the Cork Film Festival. “And myself and the team are delighted to be working so closely with the Irish Film Board on our exciting new initiative, Doc Day. This new Day perfectly complements the Festival’s increased activity in the field of Documentary; nearly 50% of the entire programme is documentaries.”

"Sully" Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks in “Sully”

Honors and Tributes

– The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Tom Hanks with the Icon Award at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Sully.” The Film Awards Gala will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and hosted by Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 2 – 16.

Past recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall and Meryl Streep. In 2014, Hanks received the Festival’s Chairman’s Award.


– The 2016 Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., announced their filmmaker awards during a celebratory ceremony at the Circuit Playhouse on Saturday night, and their Audience Awards at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum on Wednesday night. Deb Shoval’s “AWOL” won the jury award (and a $1000 cash prize) for Best Narrative Feature, Maisie Crow’s “Jackson” took home the jury award (and $1000 courtesy of Classic American Hardwoods) for Best Documentary Feature and Madsen Minax’s “Kairos Dirt & The Errant Vacuum” received the nod (and a $1000 cash prize) as Best Hometowner Feature.

Shoval’s “AWOL” and Crow’s “Jackson” also took home the Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, and Best Documentary Feature, respectively, while Alma Har’el’s “LoveTrue” doubled up on the Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best Departures Feature. Kathy Lofton’s “I Am A Caregiver” received the Audience Award for Best Hometowner Feature.



Submissions and Prizes

– The 20th annual Zanzibar International Film Festival will take place from July 8 – 16, 2017 with the them “Finding Joy.” ZIFF has officially opened submissions for films for entry into competition for 2017. All submissions must be done through ZIFF platform, available right here.

Of the next edition of the festival, newly appointed Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo commented, “ZIFF has been the foundation of the careers of many filmmakers, artist and dreamers. The island of Zanzibar is a crossroads where arts, visions and stories of hope for the future meet. This small festival with courage has challenged culture, politics, society, religions with multiple themes but above all with CINEMA. And this always with one idea in mind…we all can make a better world.”

– Submissions are open for the 3rd Annual Culver City Film Festival. The festival will take place from December 3 – 10  at the ArcLight Cinema in downtown Culver City as the main screening venue. The festival will screen shorts and features, narrative films, documentaries, and more and will show films from all over the world with a special focus on Southern California filmmakers.

Jury Announcements

– The Marrakech International Film Festival has announced its jury for its 16th annual edition, taking place December 2 – 10. The jury is led by president Bela Tarr, who will be joined by Lisandro Alonso, Bille August, Jason Clarke, Suzanne Clement, Bruno Dumont, Kalki Koehchlin, Fatima Harandi and Jasmine Trinca.

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