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POV | Alpha Cine Award

POV and Alpha Cine Labs Announce Partnership to Create New High-Definition Finishing Award

Package of Services Awarded to One Documentary Filmmaker Whose Work is Selected to Air on PBS's Acclaimed POV Series; Submission Deadline was June 30, 2010.

About the Award

POV and Alpha Cine Labs are pleased to announce the first POV | Alpha Cine Award, a package of HD online services worth up to $30,000, the POV | Alpha Cine Award will be given to a documentary filmmaker whose work is selected for broadcast on POV (Point of View), America's longest-running independent documentary series, broadcast on PBS.

"We are always exploring ways to offer filmmakers new opportunities to complete their films with the best possible creative personnel and state-of-the-art technical expertise," said Simon Kilmurry, executive director of American Documentary | POV. "Collaborating with Alpha Cine, we have developed a tremendous opportunity for filmmakers to realize their vision for their films.

Don Jensen, president of Alpha Cine added, "Alpha Cine is delighted to partner with POV, which features many of our client's films, and does a fine job of exposing audiences to the work of independent filmmakers."

POV's editorial process includes selecting films culled from festivals, markets and a yearly call for submissions. POV considers approximately 1,000 films for co-production or acquisition annually. Approximately 30 films from the submission pool advance to POV's final round for review from its Editorial Committee. Subsequently, approximately 12-16 films from this group are selected for broadcast on POV. One of the films selected for broadcast will be awarded the POV | Alpha Cine Award.

Alpha Cine Labs will provide finishing services at its Seattle based facility. POV will provide editorial support, mentoring assistance, planning services and a modest travel stipend.

The arrival deadline for submissions to POV's open call is Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Click here for the POV submission guideline and online submission form: http://cfe.pov.or

Now in 23rd season on PBS, the award-winning POV series is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today's best independent documentary filmmakers. Airing June through September, with primetime specials during the year, POV has brought more than 300 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide and many of those films have been finished or transferred to 35mm at Alpha Cine Labs. Visit for more information.

Among those films are The Way We Get By by Aron Gaudet, the Academy Award nominated My Country, My Country by Laura Poitras and Street Fight by Marshall Curry, The Boys of Baraka by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, and The Lost Boys of Sudan by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, and, airing this fall on POV, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich

For more than 55 years, Seattle-based Alpha Cine has pioneered innovative film processing, printing and digital-to-film techniques and technologies used by award-winning filmmakers worldwide. Alpha's ever-expanding palette of tools and talent is focused on providing custom solutions tailored to the individual needs of independent producers, directors, and film distributors.

The Alpha Cine roster of films includes such award winning documentary films as: Lucy Walker's Wasteland, James Longley's Iraq in Fragments, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Jesus Camp, Joe Berlinger's Crude, Tia Lesson and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water, Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski's, Born Into Brothels, Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side, Casino Jack and The United States of Money, and many others. To learn more about Alpha Cine Labs visit


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