May 5, 2016
POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

2016 Summer Movie Preview: 10 New Movies From Female Directors and Filmmakers
Eager to catch a summer pick from a female director? From Sundance hits to touching documentaries, Indiewire has the list for you. All this week, Indiewire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of various trends and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season.
Watch and read more | Indiewire »

In Latin America, a digital community of media startups hopes to make entrepreneurship easier
Many countries in South America face struggles finding funds for media entrepreneurs to start companies and stay afloat. SembraMedia plans to offer necessary education through its site with hopes of building both a directory and digital community of media startups in Latin America. Once it adds a few hundred sites to its directory, it plans to build an online forum for entrepreneurs to talk, share ideas, and collaborate on projects.
Read more | Nieman Lab »

Hulu is getting into documentaries, starting with Ron Howard’s Beatles film
Hulu announced this morning the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a collection of streaming documentaries exclusive to Hulu. As of yesterday, Hulu is only announcing its first documentary acquisition: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a coming feature-length doc from director Ron Howard focusing on the band’s early career.
Read more | The Verge »

The 2016 Official Selection
The 2016 selections for Festival De Cannes has been released. Check it out!
Read more | Festival De Cannes »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week

  • Documentamadrid 4/27-5/8
  • Hot Docs Festival 4/28-5/8
  • DOK.fest-International Documentary Film Festival Munich 5/5-5/15
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival 5/6-5/15
  • Deadline: ITVS Digital Open Call 5/2

Next Week

  • Festival de Cannes 5/11-5/22

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