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This week’s Monday Memo:

August 02, 2021: Fire at Cinemateca Brasileira, Comedy Doc Series Go Off the Beaten Path, News and Documentary Emmy Nominations



  • July 26, 2021: 2021 Grierson Awards Shortlist, TIFF to Honor Alanis Obomsawin with Tribute Award, Inaugural Truth Seekers Summit Program Unveiled (pictured above: LANDFALL)
  • July 19, 2021: ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’ Wins L’Œil d’Or, Doc Festivals Report 22% Drop in Selected Films During Pandemic
  • July 11, 2021: Watching True Crime, Erika Dilday Talks POV, Mania for Long Docuseries Ebbing
  • July 5, 2021: Queering Documentary, New Academy Members, AFI DOCS Award Winners
  • June 7, 2021: RIP editor Lewis Erskine, Alliance of Documentary Editors Launch BIPOC Doc Editors Database
  • May 17, 2021: DOC NYC’s Inaugural Spring Showcase, IDA Appoints Richard Ray Perez as Executive Director, AFI DOCS 2021 Announces First Wave of Films
  • May 10, 2021: POV Season 34 Lineup Revealed + Can a More Equitable Doc Field Emerge Post-Pandemic?
  • May 3, 2021: Docuseek & Women Make Movies Partner on Streaming Venture, Hot Docs Kicks Off
  • April 26, 2021: How to Fix the Oscars
  • April 19, 2021: Erika Dilday is New Executive Director at AmDoc, Microaggression in the Documentary Business, CPH:DOX ’21 Set to Kickoff (pictured above: Cooked: Survival By Zip Code)
  • April 12, 2021: AXS Film Fund Launches, IF/Then Shorts Announces Finalists, Catapult Film Fund Announces Latest Development Grantees, Upcoming Director-Producer Partnership Event
  • April 6, 2021: Beyond Inclusion Calls Out PBS For A Lack Of Diversity, Opal H. Bennett Named Co-Producer at POV
  • March 29, 2021: Prismatic Ground Announced, Actors in Documentaries and Hot Docs 2021 Lineup
  • March 22, 2021: Spring Festival Fever Begins!
  • March 15, 2021: Oscar Noms, RIP Leon Gast, Cinema Eye Honors Winners
  • March 8, 2021: Theaters Are Reopening, NFB & POV Spark Launch Otherly Instagram Series
  • March 1, 2021: Outlining Amazon’s Decision to Stop Accepting Docs, Telluride Planning In-Person 2021 Edition, Brett Hendrie Leaving Hot Docs
  • February 22, 2021: Amazon Prime Video Direct Locks Out Docs, On True Crime and Abolition, and No Crying At The Dinner Table
  • February 8, 2021: Sundance 2021 Wraps, BAFTA Unveils Longlist, Field of Vision & Lawyers for Reporters Launch Free Legal Clinic
  • February 1, 2021: New Streamer Documentary+ Launches, Sundance 2021 Kicks Off, and An Open Letter On Filmmaker Moms
  • January 25, 2021: Covering the Capitol Riot; Doc Filmmaking After Trump; Black Frame at Full Frame
  • January 18, 2021: 2020 IDA Documentary Awards Winners, MLK/FBI Released, Laura Poitras Fired by First Look Media
  • January 11, 2021: RIP Michael Apted, IFP Rebrands as the Gotham, Oscar Doc Feature Submissions Will Break Record
  • January 4, 2021: Michelle Latimer’s Indigenous Identity Under Scrutiny, Khashoggi Doc Unwanted By Streaming Services, Village Voice Rises From the Dead


  • December 21, 2020: IDA’s Docs of the Decade, Sundance 2021 Program Revealed, 2020 National Film Registry Selections Announced
  • December 14, 2020: 14th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Nominations, Obomsawin & Latimer Receive DOC Institute Honours, Docs on Public Servants Soothing in 2020
  • December 7, 2020: The Whickers Cost of Docs Survey 2020, Sundance Offers Robust Online Platform, RIDM Award Winners
  • November 30, 2020: ‘Decolonize’ The Documentary?, IDFA Awards, and the Rise of COVID Docs
  • November 23, 2020: DOC NYC 2020 Wraps Up, Simon Kilmurry Stepping Down From IDA Post, Valentina Pedicini Dead at 42
  • November 16, 2020: DOC NYC Documentary New Leaders, IDA, Gotham & Grierson Awards, Festival Circuit Rundown
  • November 9, 2020: DOC NYC Reveals Short List, Distributors on Selling Through COVID-19, Peabody Awards Adds Arts Category
  • November 2, 2020: IDA Awards Shortlists, IDFA Competition Lineup Revealed & Art of the Real Goes Online
  • October 26, 2020: Quibi Shutters After 6 Months, True Story Launches, IDA Enterprise Production Grant Recipients Announced
  • October 18, 2020: RIP James Redford, New IDFA plans, $100k prize for Alanis Obomsawin & more
  • October 12, 2020: Justine Nagan to Exit AmDoc, Nanfu Wang Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant, AFI Fest & DOK Leipzig Lineups Unveiled
  • October 5, 2020: Field of Vision Launches Online Journal, DOC Releases COVID19 Best Practices & IDFA Reveals Best of Fests Lineup
  • September 28, 2020: Where Does Independent Documentary Go From Here? Plus, International Emmy & Grierson Awards Noms, DOK Leipzig Competition Lineup
  • September 21, 2020: Hajooj Kuka Jailed in Khartoum, Documentary Producers Alliance Release Guidelines, ‘Inconvenient Indian’ Wins TIFF Doc Audience Award
  • September 14, 2020: Carrie Lozano Joins Sundance Institute, BFI London Unveils Program & MIT Doc Lab Announces Fall Lecture Series
  • September 7, 2020: PGA Releases COVID Safety Protocols, 41 International Festivals Call For Relief, Kartemquin Leadership Transition & more
  • August 31, 2020: Fall fest news from TIFF, NYFF, IDFA & more
  • August 24, 2020: Staged Docs, a New Study of Film Critics and Gender & NY Movie Theaters Remain Closed
  • August 17, 2020: Behind the Editing Team Resignation, Black Girls Doc Mafia director Iyabo Boyd on Pure Nonfiction, NYFF & Open City Reveal 2020 Programs
  • August 10, 2020: Brazil’s Film Archive Faces Wipeout, New Partner to Diversify Nonfiction Production Talent, Sundance Shrinks for 2021
  • August 3, 2020: TIFF & Venice Lineups Unveiled, Universal & AMC Shorten Theatrical Window, 2020 Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced
  • July 27, 2020: Doc Editor Jonathan Oppenheim Dies at 67, Maysles Doc Center Launches Online Series, TIFF to Open With Spike Lee/ David Byrne Concert Doc
  • July 20, 2020: Tiger Production Controversy Breaks Out Over Representation, Telluride Cancelled Due to COVID19 & IDFA Forms Filmmaker Support Department
  • July 13, 2020: A Call for Accountability, UK Cinemas Test the Waters After Lockdown & Fall Film Festivals Vow To Collaborate
  • July 6, 2020: Kevin Rafferty Dead at 73, Academy Invites 819 New Members, and a Question: How Does Film Shape the Fight for Racial Justice?
  • June 29, 2020: Fall Festivals are Making Big Plans, Others are Asking if Movie Theaters are Safe
  • June 22, 2020: AmDoc Announced ‘Artist Mental Health Fund’ for BIPOC, North American Queer Festival Alliance Founded, Grasshopper Launched Projectr
  • June 15, 2020: Black Defiance at the Movies, Academy to Develop “Representation” Standards, AFI DOCS & Sheffield Doc/Fest Announce Lineups
  • June 8, 2020: Firelight Launches Beyond Resilience, Human Rights Watch Film Festival & More
  • June 1, 2020: Street Protests, RIP Christo, HOT DOCS & More