May 6, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Refugee Voices in Film: An All Day Event at 2016 Cannes Film Festival
A full day conference at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes will be dedicated to conversations, screenings and panel discussions about the current refugee crisis. It will specifically focus on how documentary filmmakers and the media have portrayed the crisis and the different cinematic styles of representing the refugee experience. The conference, to be held May 18th, is presented by International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Marché Du Film.
Read more: IndieWire

MIT Open Documentary Lab Virtual Reality Conference Kicks-Off Today
Virtual Reality is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists, artists, technologists and investors all over the world. While various media outlets are experimenting with the new powerful storytelling medium, there is still much that is misunderstood. “Virtually There”, the MIT Open Documentary Lab Virtual Reality Conference running from today until tomorrow, will explore the various strands of VR and their implications for representing reality, defining truths, and changing the documentary image and experience. You can livestream the event here.
Read more: MIT

American Film Institute Names Werner Herzog AFI DOCS 2016 Guggenheim Symposium Honoree
Filmmaker Werner Herzog will be honored as the American Film Institute DOCS 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium on June 24. The Symposium will pay tribute to the filmmaker with a conversation with Herzo, clips from his previous works and a screening of Herzog’s latest documentary, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. The AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors documentary masters who have inspired audiences with their non-fiction stories of human experience.
Read more: American Film Institute

LinkedIn exploring its own version of Facebook Instant Articles
LinkedIn, known as a business-oriented social networking platform, is currently working on offering its own version of Facebook Instant Articles. The new feature that would allow publishers to host content directly on LinkedIn instead of posting links that direct people back to their own sites. Following in the footsteps of Facebook and Buzzfeed, LinkedIn is hoping to give more agency to publishers and make their platform more user-friendly with shorter wait times.
Read more: BuzzFeed

Craft Launches for Animation Professionals & Fans
You’re invited to “Craft”, a community of filmmakers and gamemakers alike. “Craft” is an online subscription—based platform that allows a user to access the art and conceptual materials of high- quality animated films, series, and games–the sketches, scripts, concept art, character designs, storyboards, animatics, work-in-progress animation and much more. The startup is a testament to the rising trend of the increasingly transparent creative process.
Read more: IndieWire

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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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.