BRAVO ARD

We are delighted to announce that Spring Films has been awarded a significant development grant by ARD in Germany. As part of an experimental initiative, the State broadcaster is investing a total of €4 million in development grants to production companies that have previously produced outstanding films for them.  Richard Melman went to Dusseldorf collect the award and described the event as 'An incredibly forward thinking and far-reaching boost to the television industry. We are really proud to have been selected as one of the recipients'. Spring will start the development process later this month.

IWM Short Film Festival

The IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative, moving and challenging films inspired by IWM’s collections and role – to explore the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives.

The IWM is inviting professionals, amateurs and students from across the world, to enter their short films into this prestigious competition.

Festival prizes include:

 An archive and restoration package of up to £10,000 with R3Store Studios Ltd

 A 12 week paid internship with October Films

 5 days free access to a fully equipped studio space or High-End post-production facilities at London South Bank University

Filmmakers will also have the chance for their film to be screened by Picturehouse Cinemas.

Richard Melman, Spring's MD will be one of this year's Judges. Films will be judged in two categories Best Documentary and Best Creative Response, with four additional awards for IWM Special Category: States of Emergency, Best Student Film, Best Use of IWM Archive Material and Audience Vote Award. The focus of this category is States of Emergency, a new IWM London exhibition opening in October 2017.

Deadline for entries is Friday 28 April 2017.

For more information visit www.iwm.org.uk/film-festival

Emmy Award

Night Will Fall wins 37th News & Documentary Emmy Award 2016 for Outstanding Historical Programming: Long Form.

5 Emmy Nominations

Night Will Fall receives 5 nominations for the 37th News & Documentary Emmy Awards – including Outstanding Historical Programming: Long Form

Best Documentary

BBC releases their selection of “Best Films of 21st Century”. The Act of Killing comes in at No.14 – the highest rated documentary.

Peabody Award

Night Will Fall, directed by André Singer, wins the 75th Annual Peabody Award for Documentary & Educational Film.

RTS Award

Night Will Fall wins the Royal Television Society Award for Best Historical Documentary.

ITV

Jim Carter: Lonnie Donegan and Me - A one-off documentary film for ITV about the legendary Skiffle musician to air on ITV.

BBC Goes Bollywood

Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema - a feature length documentary for the BBC

★★★★ Daily Mail (Weekend)

Oscar Nomination

The Look of Silence receives the Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.