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Going to work at Doclisboa

During its first module, running in October 2020, leading Portuguese docfest will host a programme dedicated to work, presented in partnership with the European Agency for Safety and Health at…
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And the Cannes Docs winners are…

On 26 June at the closing event of online Cannes Docs 2020 the following awards were handed out projects pitched during the Docs-In-Progress sessions. These included the €10,000 IEFTA cash…
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Hitting the Sweet Spot

“We are the new kids on the block on the sales agent documentary landscape,” Anna Berthollet says of Sweet Spot Docs, the company she and her colleagues Bojana Maric and…
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Sector turns to Doc Society for relief

As the documentary community struggles with the financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 lockdown, London and New York based non-profit Doc Society is reporting a huge number of applications to…
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Launching under Quarantino

Leading French docs sales agent Anaïs Clanet has given details of her new venture, Reservoir Docs, which is being launched during the Cannes Marché.
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Cannes Docs: DAE at the Marché

The new Documentary Association of Europe was launched at Berlinale just before the world went into meltdown. But the pandemic hasn’t slowed down DAE activities, points out founder Brigid O’Shea.
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Cannes Docs set to roll

On the eve of the 2020 Marché, presented virtually this year, Pierre-Alexis Chevit, head of Cannes Docs, spoke to Business Doc Europe about organising his event under Covid.
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Cannes Docs: Met at the Marché

MetFilm Sales are screening three titles at Cannes Marché, including Hot Docs pick-up Meat the Future. They are also pre-selling two upcoming projects - on an unknown Russian female photographer…
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Cannes Marché: Ode to Joy

London-based REASON8 Films is selling Joy Womack: The White Swan, Dina Burlis’ feature doc portrait of the American ballet dancer who went to Russia to study at the Bolshoi.
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Cannes Docs 2020 full program announced

Eight festivals/organizations to showcase docs-in-progress selections; co-pro speed meetings 23-25 June; Dieudo Damadi special guest of Doc Day; Cannes Docs reveals seven festival partners
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The future of cinema is happening now!

Following its successful online roll-out in May 2020, DOK.fest Munich director Daniel Sponsel offers nine arguments, and draws nine conclusions, concerning the future of theatrical documentary film.
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Polish pitch perfect

On the eve of the Krakow Film Festival Industry event, Katarzyna Wilk of Polish Docs outlines the effectiveness of the pitch event, and how the switch to online is proving…
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An act of resistance

Doclisboa joint directors reveal plans for a “new format” that will offer “six different moments’ between October 2020 and March 2021.
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For June, read Sheffield

Patrick Hurley, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Director of Marketplace & Talent, talks to Business Doc Europe about the festival’s online industry offer for June 2020.
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DOK.fest Munich award winners

International prize to Radu Ciorniciuc’s Acasa, My Home. German award to The Long March Home (Weina Zhao and Judith Benedikt). Horizonte award to Sandra Beerends’ They Call Me Babu.
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Lockdown launch

Former IDFA senior programmer Martijn te Pas has made the most of corona lockdown, deciding to launch a new documentary consultancy out of Stockholm. He explains all to Business Doc…
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Munich kicks off online

Following the May 6 opening of the online DOK.fest München, the festival got down to business May 7 with the two-pronged DOK.forum Industry programme, comprising Marketplace and Perspectives.
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Visions du Réel: The Edge of Trauma

Oscar-nominated Petra Costa delivered a highly entertaining and provocative masterclass at VdR during which she discussed her feature films and motivations, specifically the ‘black hole’ of personal trauma.
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Pitching du Réel: Reas by Lola Arias

In this Argentinian musical doc project, pitching at online Visions du Réel, real inmates at the Ezeiza Prison in Buenos Aires reconstruct scenes from their past lives and imagine their…
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Festivals in the time of corona

On 26 April leading festival personnel, including Vision du Réel’s Emilie Bujès and IDFA’s Orwa Nyrabia, gathered to talk online about how festivals may/should/could respond to the new reality under…
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Docudays UA kicks off online

Docudays UA kicked off online 24 April 2020 with an eclectic industry programme which runs through to May 3. The festival component comprises 70 international documentaries but these are available…
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Broomfield on lockdown

Self-isolating with his son Charlie over in California, UK doc maestro Nick Broomfield talks corona, Trump and editing on Zoom, as well as his return to the world of gangsta…
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Visions du Réel: Dutch do docs

The Netherlands presents four projects at Visions du Réel 2020, including Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum's The Ride, in Medium Length & Short Film Competition.
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CPH:DOX 2020: And the winners are…

Songs of Repression picked up the coveted DOX:AWARD, as winners are announced for the Nordic:Dox, F:act, New:Vision, Next:Wave and newly founded Politiken:Danish:Dox Awards.
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CPH:DOX. What Ed said

Edward Snowden skyped into Denmark March 23 to comment on a range of matters, from coronavirus to Tonje Hessen Schei’s iHuman to the dangers of granting news publisher status to the…
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CPH:DOX goes digital

Danish docfest CPH:DOX has launched its first digital festival following the March 11 announcement to cancel the original event due to concerns over coronavirus.
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East Doc Platform Winners 2020

Big winner was the project Roma (working title), which walked away with the East Doc Platform, Sunny Side of the Doc, DocsBarcelona and Ex Oriente Fine Cut awards.
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The future is Archive

EFM and DocSalon organised an inaugural Archive Day during Berlinale 2020, with the aim of uniting filmmakers with archive libraries to augment, improve or indeed form the basis of their…
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Czech list at East Doc Platform

On March 10 2020, five upcoming documentaries to be presented at Czech Docs… Coming Soon, six Czech/co-pro projects are pitched at East Doc Forum and a further five selected for…
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CPH:DOX set to roll

Leading Danish doc fest to go ahead 18-29 March 2020 despite postponement of other international film and TV events, but will follow guidelines set out by Danish Health Authority.
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Doc winners at Berlinale 2020

Rithy Panh and producer Catherine Dussar pick up Berlin Documentary Award while top doccers from Germany, Flanders, France and Austria are lauded within the fest’s other sections.
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Market boost at Thessaloniki

The Agora Doc Market of the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival is enhanced by three new initiatives in 2020, aimed to boost doc activity in the South-east Europe and Med region.
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Norwegian Sundance hit sold to Neon

Autlook Film Sales has sold worldwide rights for Norwegian Benjamin Ree’s Sundance hit The Painter and the Thief to Neon, who are riding a wave following the Oscar success of…
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Selling Hillary

Dogwoof and US production outfit Propagate announced sales on Nanette Burstein’s four-part series Hillary (screening in Berlinale Special) as the former First Lady flies in to Berlin for the screening/Q&A…
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It’s all in the archive

Archive Day kicks off 25 November with a conference, a sneak preview screening and the chance for filmmakers to meet some of the world's leading archives.
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Berlin Review: Days of Cannibalism

Using few words, Berlin-based director Teboho Edkins observes the interactions of cattle herders and Chinese immigrant traders in Lesotho, the country where he grew up.
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DAE Zero

Brigid O’Shea announced at EFM that as of today, February 22 2020, DAE (Documentary Association of Europe), the new pan-European body designed to look after the interests of European doc…
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Time to Rise and Shine

Berlin-based sales outfit Rise and Shine pops up the road to EFM with two films in official selection and two market premieres.
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Beldocs Industry puts out the call

March 1 2020 is the application deadline for projects to attend the industry section of the Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival, the festival underlined at EFM, February 19 2020.
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King Otto doc to kick off globally

International theatrical distribution outfit Piece of Magic Entertainment, Cinema Nolita and producer Shani Hinton (Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love) have joined forces on the worldwide theatrical release of Christopher…
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Time to Go East

9th East Doc Platform unveils its 2020 programme, which includes a Fredrik Gertten masterclass as well as pitches of upcoming documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe.
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Journeyman to the Moon

Journeyman Pictures acquires world rights (except The Netherlands and Flanders) to Frank Herrebout's moon doc Fallen Astronaut.
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Support grows for new European doc body DAE

Brigid O’Shea spoke to Business Doc Europe about DAE (Documentary Association of Europe), the new pan-European body designed to look after the interests of European doc professionals, which will launch…
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Sunny Side up for Béjot

Leading French documentary market and forum Sunny Side of the Doc has appointed Mathieu Béjot (left) to the newly-created role of director of strategy and development.
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Greeks bearing new gifts

The 22nd Thessaloniki Doc Festival (March 5 – March 15) underlines its new cash-heavy competition sections , and emphasizes the need for int'l producers to submit their Agora pitching forum…
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Deadline time

Business Doc Europe outlines a selection of upcoming training deadlines for determined doccers.
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D for docs, B for Biarritz

FIPADOC International Documentary Festival (Biarritz 21-26 January 2020) yesterday announced details of its Industry Days professional programme (Industry Days 22-24 Jan) as well as the 100+ doc titles competing across…
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IFFR 2020 vision for docs

IFFR will present 22 feature doc world premieres (17 from Europe) in 2020 across its Deep Focus, Bright Future, Perspectives and Voices Strands.
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Greta to Hulu

Swedish documentary about 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg to be aired on Hulu in 2020