January 30, 2017 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscar Ceremony
The Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman is nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language movie, said on Sunday that he would not attend the Oscars ceremony next month even if he were granted an exception to President Trump’s visa ban for citizens from Iran and several other predominantly Muslim countries.
Read more | New York Times »

Sundance 2017 Award Winners: ‘I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore,’ ‘Dina’ and More Pick Up Grand Jury Prizes
Macon Blair’s playful suspense film I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, while the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize went to Dina.
Read more | IndieWire »

This Oscar-Nominated Documentary About Autism Celebrates The Outsider
[Ron] Suskind also wrote about Owen’s story in a book published by Disney imprint Kingswell. The book has since served as the jumping-off point for a film directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, whose documentary Life, Animated is up for an Oscar this year.
Read more | Huffington Post »

‘Becoming Warren Buffett’ Goes Beyond a $74 Billion Fortune
Warren E. Buffett isn’t exactly an unknown quantity. As America’s most famous investor and the possessor of what Forbes estimates is a $74 billion fortune, he has been the subject of endless scrutiny across print and film, most without his participation. But to Mr. Buffett, one of the appeals of agreeing to let the cameras into his life for Becoming Warren Buffett, an HBO documentary debuting on Monday, was to tell his story in a relatively new way.
Read more | New York Times »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines

This Week

  • Deadline: Submissions for DocumentaMadrid Jan 31
  • Deadline: AFI DOCS Film Festival Submissions Feb 3
  • Deadline: 2017 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant Feb 3

Next Week

  • Deadline: Sheffield Doc/Fest Submissions Feb 7
  • Berlinale Feb 9 – 19
  • Deadline: ITVS Open Call Feb 10
  • Deadline: Sundance Institute Documentary Creative Producing Lab Feb 10
  • Deadline: Telluride Mountainfilm Festival submissions Feb 10

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