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What's New: CNN Films & CNN Original Series

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Join us for the return of our What's New Series, in which we bring prominent industry leaders in the documentary field to present up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening in the documentary landscape, and discuss exciting new opportunities for filmmakers.

Alex Hannibal, Associate Director of Content Development at CNN Films, and Molly Harrington, Associate Director at CNN Original Series will discuss CNN’s focus on groundbreaking documentary programming that  examines important social, political and economic issues, and will give us insight into the type of stories that CNN Films and Original Series are looking to both acquire and commission. Originally a popular news channel,  CNN expanded its original programming in the documentary field in 2013 with CNN Films and CNN Original Series, and the network has continued to establish an incredible path for themselves with its wildly successful travel and food series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which has won over ten Primetime Emmy Awards and a 2013 Peabody Award. CNN Films made its mark at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival when it announced its first acquisition, Girl Rising. CNN Films’ slate this year includes three of the most critically acclaimed and popular documentaries from 2018, including RBG, Three Identical Strangers, and Love, Gilda.  RBG and Three Identical Strangers premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and have gone on to win awards at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards and nominations for the 2019 Cinema Eye Awards. Love, Gilda had its world premiere at the opening night film of at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win the Audience Award at the 2018 Cinetopia Film Festival.

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to engage with two of the most exceptional leaders in documentary programming, and have your questions answered by Alex and Molly during our Q&A session.