BIO

 

    SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

    FILMMAKER BIO

    AWARDS AND HONORS

 

 

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

 

2015   DREAMCATCHER
2013   SALMA
2010   PINK SARIS  
2009   ROUGH AUNTIES
2007   HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO
2005   SISTERS IN LAW
2002   THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET
2001   RUNAWAY
2000   GAEA GIRLS
1998   DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE
1995   SHINJUKU BOYS
1993   DREAM GIRLS
1992   THE GOOD WIFE OF TOKYO
1990   HIDDEN FACES
1989   EAT THE KIMONO
1978   THEATRE GIRLS
1976   PRIDE OF PLACE

 

FILMMAKER BIO

 

Kim Longinotto (born 1952) is a British documentary filmmaker, well known for making films that highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto studied camera and directing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, where she now tutors occasionally.

Longinotto was born to an Italian father and a Welsh mother; her father was a photographer who later went bankrupt. At the age of 10 she was sent to a draconian all-girls boarding school, where she found it hard to make friends due to the mistress forbidding anyone to talk to her for a term after she became lost during a school trip. After a period of homelessness, Longinotto went on to Essex University to study English and European literature and later followed friend and future filmmaker, Nick Broomfield to the National Film and Television School. While studying, she made a documentary about her boarding school that was shown at the London Film Festival, since when she has continued to be a prolific documentary filmmaker.

Longinotto is an observational filmmaker. Observational cinema, also known as direct cinema, free cinema or cinema verite, usually excludes certain documentary techniques such as advanced planning, scripting, staging, narration, lighting, reenactment and interviewing. Longinotto’s unobtrusiveness, which is an important part of observational documentary, gives the women on camera a certain voice and presence that may not have emerged with another documentary genre. She has received a number of awards for her films over the years, including a BAFTA for her documentary Pink Saris.
 

SELECTED AWARDS & HONORS

2011

-British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Nomination, Best Single Documentary (PINK SARIS)
-Sheffield Doc Fest, Special Jury Prize (PINK SARIS)
-Abu Dhabi Int'l Film Festival, Best Documentary (PINK SARIS)
-CPH:DOX, Amnesty Award (PINK SARIS)
-Nomination for 2011 ALA “Notable Video for Adults” (PINK SARIS)

2009
 - Film Retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
 - World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary (ROUGH AUNTIES), Sundance Film Festival
 - Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs
 - True Vision Award, True/False Film Festival

2008
 - Film Retrospective, Nordisk Panorama, Sweden
 - Special Jury Prize (HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO), IDFA
 - Best British Feature Documentary (HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO), Britdoc
 - Peabody Award (SISTERS IN LAW)

2007
- Prix Art et Essai (SISTERS IN LAW), Cannes Film Festival
- Special Mention Europa Cinemas (SISTERS IN LAW), Cannes Film Festival
- Audience Award (SISTERS IN LAW), IDFA
- Best Documentary Nominee (SISTERS IN LAW), British Independent Film Awards
- Best Documentary (SISTERS IN LAW), Hawaii International Film Festival
- Adrienne Shelly Award (SISTERS IN LAW), Women’s Film Critics Circle

2006
- Film Retrospective, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London

2003
- Film Retrospective, Recontres Internationales du Documentaire de  Montreal

2002
 - WIN Award  (THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET), Sundance   Film Festival
- Amnesty International DOEN Award (THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET), IDFA
- Best Doc UK Spotlight (THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET), Hot Docs Film Festival
- Best Documentary (THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET), Festival International de Films de Femmes de Creteil

2001
- Joris Ivans Award Nominee (RUNAWAY), IDFA

2000

- Flaherty Documentary Award for TV (DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE), BAFTA Awards
- Best of Festival Section (GAEA GIRLS), Edinburgh International Film Festival
- Silver Hugo Award (GAEA GIRLS), Chicago International Film Festival

1999
 - Silver Hugo Award (DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE), Chicago International Film Festival
 - Golden Gate Award, Grand Prize (DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE), San Francisco Film Festival

1998
- Best Documentary (DREAM GIRLS), Festival International de Films de Femmes de Creteil

1997
 - Public Prize and Jury Special Mention (HIDDEN FACES), Festival International de Films de Femmes de Creteil