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10/02/2015: February in Film

February is a huge month for Aconite and for the film world. Here are some film related events we’re excited about this month.

 

Berlinale

 

 

Taking place in Berlin, Germany, the Berlinale is one of our must-visit events on the film festival circuit every year.

This year the festival is celebrating its 65th year and we will be hard at work visiting the European Film Market.

This week we will be continuing vital work on the production of our upcoming feature documentary AQUARELA, directed by Victor Kossakovsky. We’re looking forward to spending time with him in Berlin along with our co-production partners.

 

Glasgow Film Festival

 

 

Back at home, the Glasgow Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday 18 February and runs til Sunday 1 March.

We love the GFF as it’s a chance for the film industry to come to us and we love attending screenings and taking the rare opportunity to watch some films rather than only focusing on production.

 

Black History Month

 

 

Aconite is a social enterprise and we love meeting people who have stories to tell. Black History Month is important to us as it creates an opportunity for new voices to be heard.

We’ll be following along with lots of activity and sharing stories on Twitter throughout Black History Month, so please join us there.

Selma is in UK cinemas now, and we recommend you check it out. Here are some more great suggestions for documentaries to watch this Black History Month to keep you going:

10 Great Black History Films to Watch This Or Any Month Read on Nonfics

Black History Month: the best cinema to watch in February and beyond from The Guardian

 

What are your big plans for this February?


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21/01/2015: New Year & Exciting News!

2015 has only just begun, but things are already going well for the new year!

We have a few exciting announcements for you today – read on.

Sundance Institute Supports AQUARELA

We are delighted to announce that Aconite project AQUARELA, directed by Victor Kossakovsky, is a recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Fall 2014 Grant.

AQUARELA is one of twenty-three independent documentary films to be selected for Sundance Institute support in Fall 2014. Filmmakers were chosen from 881 applications received worldwide from filmmakers working in 111 unique countries of origin and, as Sundance writes, “films selected demonstrate a vital range of relevance to contemporary cultures combined with strong storytelling tendencies and distinctive artistic expression.”

We are honoured to have won and to be in such great company and are looking forward to developing the project throughout 2015.

Scorching Burning Bitches filming in Sweden

Marie Liden- the director of our new production Scorching Burning Bitches- is travelling with her crew to Sweden in February to start shooting one of the sequences for this important project.

Having experienced herself the effects of Electrosensitivity (ES), Marie explores the vulnerability of people suffering this condition, in an age when more than ever we are exposed to the effects of electrical networks and with few places to escape them.

Thanks to Creative Scotland and co-producer partners Lowik Media in Canada for their support.

Everybody’s Child at Beeld Voor Beeld

Everybody’s Child has been selected to screen at Beeld Voor Beeld Film Festival in the Netherlands.

The documentary film festival takes place from 11 to 15 February and its programme is filled with great factual films that are concerned with cultural diversity.

Learn more about the festival on the Beeld Voor Beeld website.

Berlinale

The Aconite Team will be visiting this year’s Berlinale, taking place in Berlin from 5 to 15 February this year.

If you’d like to set up a meeting with us during the festival, please get in touch.
The Aconite team wishes all of our blog readers a very Happy New Year!

 

 


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28/12/2014: Happy Holidays from Aconite Productions!

2014 is drawing to a close and we are taking some time to reflect and be grateful for the wonderful year it has been.

We wanted to share some thanks and best wishes with Aconite’s biggest supporters – so this one is for you!

Firstly, we’d like to thank all of our staff, crew friends and audience. Without you Aconite wouldn’t exist and an amazing year like this one would not be possible. It’s thanks to you that we’re able to continue to make films that inspire and stimulate.

We’d also like to say how much of an honour it has been to work with our directors this year. We are excited to be working with visionary AQUARELA filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, and new friend and talented artist Marie Liden, director of Scorching Burning Bitches.

We are also delighted to have been able to share our films with people around the world, Garry Fraser’s Everybody’s Child  and Wesam Mousa’s and Rana Ayoub’s 15 in Gaza.

It’s been a pleasure to work with all of you!

We must also thank the contributors who have appeared in our films – special thanks to Datuna Valishvili (The Boy From Georgia) for sharing with us another year of his extraordinary life.

We’d also like to thank all of our funding partners who made these projects possible in 2014. We’d especially like to thank Creative Scotland for their continuous support, as well as  Tribeca Film Institute and Eurimage for development support.

Thank you to our co-production partners, new and old. Lowik Media have been great new co-production partners, while we’ve continued a fantastic working relationship with ma.ja.de, Louverture Films and Danish Documentary Production and the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Thanks also to Business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise who made it possible for us to get the word out about Aconite Productions, and who we hope will continue to provide valuable support for our digital plans for 2015.

This year we began working with distributor, Journeyman Pictures, which we hope will be a long and collaborative working relationship.

We’d also like to say a big hello and thank you to everyone who made Aconite’s year a big success – which includes those who work so hard at the International Forums and Film Festivals we attended this year. These include world renowned festivals Tribeca Film Festival, Berlinale, Cannes, Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:DOX, and IDFA, and Edinburgh International Film Festival.

We were also honoured at our very own Glasgow Film Festival, which screened Everybody’s Child. Thanks also to the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival for including our work in their fantastic programme.

As a small independent company, we would never survive without the support of volunteers and family. You all know who you are! You make this all possible and we extend our deepest love and gratitude.

We wish you all the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2015!


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10/02/2015: February in Film

February is a huge month for Aconite and for the film world. Here are some film related events we’re excited about this month. Read more »


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21/01/2015: New Year & Exciting News!

2015 has only just begun, but things are already going well for the new year!
We are delighted to announce that Aconite project AQUARELA, directed by Victor Kossakovsky, is a recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Read more »


Aquarela still 2

28/12/2014: Happy Holidays from Aconite Productions!

2014 is drawing to a close and we are taking some time to reflect and be grateful for the wonderful year it has been.
We wanted to share some thanks and best wishes with Aconite’s biggest supporters – so this one is for you! Read more »


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