Movie That Matter 2017 – 2 Award Nominations

City 40 nominated for two awards at the Movies that Matter 2017 at the Hague (March 24-April 1)


We are delighted to say that 'Into the Inferno' a Spring Films/Werner Herzog Film coproduction for  Netflix has been nominated for the FOCAL International Awards for 'Best Use of Footage about the Natural World'.

Much of the power of 'Into the Inferno' comes from the remarkable work of those brave souls who have ventured to the edge of the inferno. In particular, Katia and Maurice Krafft. French volcanologists who died in a pyroclastic flow on Mount Unzen, in Japan. The Kraffts were pioneers in filming, photographing and recording volcanoes, often getting within feet of lava flows and their remarkable work and other archive is sensitively used throughout the film. We were fortunate enough to be allowed to remaster the archive from the original negatives for our 4K production

The Awards are on the 25th of May 2017 and will be hosted by Hardeep Singh Kohli, the renowned writer, presenter, comedian and broadcaster.

Canadian Screen Awards

Spring's co-production with Matter of Fact Media - 'The Woman Who Joined the Taliban', has just won the CSA for Best Writing in a Documentary Programme or Series. Congratulations to Richard O'Regan for a job well done.

Where the Wind Blew

Andre Singer has been invited to screen and take part in a Q+A for 'Where the Wind Blew' in Vienna this April.  The event is being hosted by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).  The CTBTO was founded in 1996, has over 260 staff from over 70 countries, and is based in Vienna. It is headed by the Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo from Burkina Faso. VCDNP was formed in 2010 on the initiative of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Executive Director is Laura Rockwood previously a Section Head at the International Atomic Energy Agency and a former trial attorney.


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.

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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.


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