DovAviv 2011

From May 12-21, 2011, the 13th International Documentary Film Festival, DovAviv, invites you to the Cinematheque, the port and the ZOA to enjoy some of the best the world can offer. Irit Mor describes some of this year's festival highlights!

Taking place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Tel Aviv Port on the pier and next to the Farmers' Market and ZOA (Zionist Organization of America House) will be this year's 13th annual DovAviv International Documentary Film Festival.

The festival will open with the screening of the much talked-about film Life In a Day. Ridley Scott (producer) and Kevin McDonald (directory) collaborated with YouTube to create, for the first time ever, a documentary that is composed entirely of user content. The YouTube users' community was invited to send clips with documentation of a day in their lives – 24.7.2010. More than 85,000 clips and 4,500 hours of raw footage from 197 countries were submitted to the project. Using this footage they created a feature-length film. This is a groundbreaking and ambitious cinematic project that presents documentation that is exciting, inspiring, full of vitality and humanity, of one global day.

Dozens of the finest documentaries produced in Israel and the world will appear at the festival. At the center of the festival will be the Israeli competition, the international competition, the student films competition, the Docochallenge competition and the DocoZair (Youngdoco) competition. In addition, special screenings and events will be held dealing with culture and food, art, sports, the future of documentaries and more.

This year the festival focuses special attention on the exciting changes in the documentary world as a result of technological developments and new means of communication. As mentioned, the festival's opening film is an innovative and daring project composed of user content. In addition, DocAviv is launching Future Makers – a special evening curated and edited by Doron Solomons, during which Kutiman, Yoni Bloch, Yael Bartana, Renana Raz and additional visionaries will offer a peek at works that will change the face of the documentary world.

A documentary animation workshop is another aspect of the festival, with the participation of the veteran animator Paul Fierlinger from the US, as well as the re:invent seminar, hosted by Brian Newman, formerly the CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, dealing with creativity in the era of new media.

The festival's CEO is Galia Bador.
The festival's Artistic Director is Sinai Abt.
The festival takes place through the generous support of: Israeli Association of Cinema – Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, yes Doco, Municipality of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Pais Council for Culture & Art.

Telephone for ticket reservations: 03-6060800