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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
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Prague to Sundance x 3

Three of the twelve films selected for Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition 2020 received post-production development support at the Prague-based dok incubator workshop.
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First rate sales

After the dust settled on IDFA 2019, Esther van Messel of First Hand Films outlined her market sales to Business Doc Europe.
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Precious Cargo

New York based doc specialists Cargo Film & Releasing is extending its relationship with documentary legend (and IDFA regular) Barbara Kopple.
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And the winners are…

On 27 Nov 2019, IDFA announced the winners within each of the competition programs during the Awards Ceremony at Eye Film Museum, with the top prize going to Heidi Hassan…
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Cannes Docs can do

Pierre-Alexis Chevit, who heads up Cannes Marché’s documentary section, was at IDFA to bang the drum to the sector and to announce his department’s new name, Cannes Docs.
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IDFA review: #387

In her first feature-length documentary French director Madeleine Leroyer takes the soulless remains of a refugee as a starting point, in an attempt to identify #387.
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Living with unseeing eyes

“Characters always come my way like a casualty,” explains Mexican director Sérgio Morkin of his feature doc Maricarmen, selected for Docs for Sale.
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IDFA Review: Punks

Maasja Ooms has a love for teenagers. And this love shines through in every scene in Punks, in which she follows a group of Dutch youngsters at a farm in…
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Emmy for Bellingcat

On Monday 26 November Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-truth World Picked up the International Emmy Award in the Best Documentary category.
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German docs in Amsterdam

The German documentary presence at IDFA is particularly impressive in 2019 with 41 projects, fairly equally split in terms majority and minority stakeholder status, selected across all sections.
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Time for a break

Irena Taskovski, founder and Managing Director of Taskovski Films, has been highlighting one side of the documentary business that few practitioners are willing to talk about openly – their health.
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IDFA Review: I Walk

I Walk is an intuitive, unconventional, sometimes anti-aesthetic record of filmmaker Jorgen Leth's attempts to make sense of destruction, old age and fear.
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Science, nature, doc

Irem Couchouron, head of Public Programs at the Silbersalz Science and Media Festival spoke to Business Doc Europe about the festival’s rationale.

Some like it doc

Sydney Neter, founder and managing director of Amsterdam-based sales agent SND Films, is going into business with Marilyn Monroe and Joan Collins.
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From Moscow to Amsterdam for AI

Edward Snowden, the world’s most celebrated whistleblower and subject of Laura Poitras’ Citizen Four (2014), joined director Tonje Hessen Schei by Skype after the November 24 screening of her iHuman.
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IDFA Review: In a Whisper

‘All I can look for is an image. An image where you can find me,’ is a sentiment expressed in the opening scene of In a Whisper, and states what…
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HotDocs welcomes EFP again in 2020

At IDFA, HotDocs programming director Shane Smith confirmed to Business Doc Europe that the festival’s collaboration with European Film Promotion on the Changing Faces of Europe programme will continue in…
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IDFA review: Mother and Son

An Azeri son and filmmaker returns to his mother after eight years – again – in this fascinating self-portrait that carves out its own path between observation and reconstruction.

Climate Lab to London

As it ramps up its eco activities yet further, non-profit powerhouse Doc Society is to bring its Climate Story Lab to the UK next spring.
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Business Doc IDFA

Head of Industry Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen articulates the business offer at IDFA 2019, and explains why the next few days will be a little less nerve-wracking for some producers.
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First Hand Fund

First Hand Films’ managing director Esther van Messel has given details of the new fund the company is establishing.