July 26, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Twenty Five New Faces of Independent Film
The summer used to be a slow period for independent film, so what better time to focus our attention on the up-and-coming artists who’d be shaping the next generation?
Read more | Filmmaker Magazine »

54 Films That Aren’t Appreciated Nearly Enough as They Should Be
From the beginning of cinematic history until now, we’ve seen brilliant films created by visionary filmmakers that end up in the deepest recesses of both critics’ and moviegoers’ minds, only to be unearthed years later at the bottom of some Wal-Mart bargain bin. It’s sad. It’s unfair. But this video from video essayist Darren Foley of Must See Films attempts to remind us of 54 films that are notoriously underrated, under appreciated, and sometimes even completely forgotten.
Read more | No Film School »

‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway to Keynote at 2017 SXSW
“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway has been set as a keynote speaker for the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, set for March 10-19. SXSW announced Monday that geneticist Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology for editing genes, would be another keynote speaker.
Read more | Variety »

What Is The Best Short Film Ever Made? — Critics Survey
Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning.This week’s question: This past weekend saw the release of “Lights Out,” which is based on a horrifying short film. Shorts can have tremendous value, though even the best of them tend to fly under the radar. What is your favorite short film, and why?
Read more | IndieWire »

TIFF 2016: Watch The Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announcement Livestream
With just 43 days to go until the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off, it’s time to learn a little bit more about what organizers have planned for this year. Per tradition, TIFF will be announcing their 2016 Gala Screenings and Special Presentations live this morning with an official press conference that began at 10am ET.
Read more | IndieWire »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines

  • Deadline: Porto/Post/Doc Submission 7/31
  • Deadline: DOK Co-Pro Market Submission 8/1
  • Deadline: IDFA DocLab 8/1
  • Deadline: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 8/1
  • Deadline: HBF Post-Production Grant 8/1

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