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Breadmakers: Rising Stars

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An article by Jim Gilchrist of The Scotsman newspaper.

All hands to the table. There is the heavy thump of dough on flour-dusted stainless steel as the morning's batch of loaves and rolls takes shape; there is banter, snatches of a Christmas carol, and much whistling from Thomas. The baking of bread may be a linchpin of human existence, but for the workers in Garvald Bakery - tucked away behind a Volkswagen dealership on Edinburgh's Gorgie Road - making bread is more than just an age-old craft: it is their therapy and their key to broader integration into society.

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Breadmakers fly to Indonesia

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Breadmakers, along with the other 2007 Bridging the Gap films produced through the Scottish Documentary Institute, will be shown at the Film Festival Dokumenter, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Since its inception in 2001, the Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) has endeavoured to revive the Indonesian documentary film and encourage the making of international-calibre, yet uniquely Indonesian documentaries.

This year, the festival celebrates documentary with a special focus on humanity themes, showcasing films from internationally renowned filmmakers.

The 6th Film Festival Dokumenter, Indonesia, takes place between December 10-15, 2007.

 

Breadmakers toasted at Sundance

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This is an article taken from The Scotsman newspaper on the 7th December 2007.

Flavoured with linseed, walnut or oatmeal, organic bread from the Garvald Bakery is already famous with diners at some of Scotland's top eateries. Now a film about a unique community of bakers with learning disabilities is poised to spread the Edinburgh-based bakery's reputation to the United States.

Breadmakers, a 11-minute documentary, has won a screening at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The event, founded by the actor Robert Redford, is held in Park City, Utah.

The film, which has no voice-over or narrative, concentrates on about four adults from more than 30 who work in the bakery in the capital's Gorgie Road, part of the Garvald Centre.

Funded by the Bridging the Gap new talent initiative, the film has shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and at another festival in Iran.

 

Breadmakers selected for Sundance

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Breadmakers has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival. Breadmakers Director Yasmin Fedda was suitably excited. “It’s a big festival to be invited to. I will be making a big effort to attend”.

Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more than 8000 submissions. More than 50,000 people attend screenings in twelve theatres in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. In addition to discovering filmmaking's newest talent through the Festival's program of documentary, dramatic, and short film, Festivalgoers experience live music shows, panel discussions with leading filmmakers and industry figures, parties celebrating the Festival community, and more.

The Sundance Film Festival takes place from the 17th – 27th January 2008.

 

Breadmakers Jury Duty

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Breadmakers Director Yasmin Fedda has been asked to sit on the film jury at the Ofensiva International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland from 6th-9th December 2007.

The main part of the Festival will be the International Competition organised in four categories: plot, document, animation and video-clip. The competing movies will be judged by a professional jury. Moreover, during this year's edition in the cycle "World's Festivals", the festival will present images that were rewarded and appreciated from other festivals abroad; whereas in the cycle "New National Cinema" they will show the most interesting and the most important films from selected national cinematographers.

Audiences will have an opportunity to watch many films from all over the world that haven't yet been screened in Poland. In previous years the film festival has shown movies produced in distant and exotic countries such as; Georgia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Singapore and India.

 


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