Best Nordic Documentary Award to The Painter and the Thief by Benjamin Ree. New Nordic Voice Documentary and Short Awards went to Colombia In My Arms by Jenni Kivistö &…
Fest runs May 5 - 16, 2021 and is demanding ‘stirring, touching, curious, enlightening and urgent documentary films.’ The Covid-affected event in 2020 attracted an online audience of 75,700.
Eight new documentary feature projects were presented during the 9th edition of the Finnish Film Affair on September 24. The winner of the Best Documentary Project Award, given for the first…
Early entry deadline set for November 6; first in series of Autumn weekenders ‘Into the World’ to come to Sheffield & Online 2 - 4 October; tribute to be paid…
The programme is aimed at documentary makers looking for “a clearer dramaturgical structure and a more streamlined production process for their next project in development.”
Deadline of November 30 for film submissions leading Greek doc fest and Oscar® documentary feature qualifying event, running 4-14 March 2021.
Long and short competition selections include works by Andreas Voigt, Jan Soldat, Carsten Rau, Martina Priessner, Bettina Ellerkamp and Jörg Heitmann
Doc haul to include a pitch of Lennart Stuyck’s fantastical story of two Somali pirates Capturing the Pirate King plus Draw for Change (pictured), a documentary series about female cartoonists…
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) and its founding institutions, EFA, IDFA and IFFR, as well as Berlinale, call for the Sudanese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release…
Czech docfest’s October programme to offer the first and last film by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, a portrait of artist Marina Abramović, Giedre Zickyte’s The Jump and Hubert Sauper’s Epicentro.…
2020 list includes 52 films across 14 categories. Best Cinema Doc nominees are American Factory, For Sama, Honeyland and Midnight Family.
Twice in a lifetime. 36 years on from the release of Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme’s iconic Talking Heads’ concert movie, comes David Byrne’s American Utopia in which Spike Lee…
Focus on Nordic films produced over the last production year, with the competition programme at its core. 67 films selected from 541 submissions to compete for Nordisk Panorama Film Festival Awards…
36 projects from 33 countries selected from 300+ submissions to 16th DOK Co-Pro Market, running 26-27 October.
José Barahona’s Nheengatu - The Language of the Amazon to open, Ulrike Ottinger’s Paris Calligrammes to close the festival, plus projects for Nebulae and Arché industry initiatives revealed.
Six teams each to receive a $5,000 post-production grant and participate in a month-long online editing lab, following the program’s call for socially/politically/culturally relevant stories from American Northeast and Puerto…
IDFA Project Awards handed to Some Women (Singapore) and Breaking the Cycle (Thailand) at recent Docs by the Sea and to The Ship from the Sea, a co-production between Mozambique,…
Presentations of three new documentary projects and 9 works-in-progress plus screenings of 5 new and recent doc features at annual showcase of creative output from Flanders and Brussels, 5-31 October…
£10,000 Assembly Feature Development Funding Award to Gabriela Pena for Here, the Silence is Heard. Open City Award for Authored Feature Film to Belgian trio Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer,…
September 11 2020: European Film Academy and Berlin International Film Festival call for “the immediate and unconditional release” of writer, human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is desperately…
Swiss-based doc sales agency announces both the company rebrand and the recent pick-up of Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed’s Purple Sea.
Best Documentary Project Award valued at 3000 euros to be spent on an international trailer. Eight Finnish doc projects to compete.
October and December deadlines for films, November and December deadlines for Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress and Rough Cut Lab industry events. Festival to run 16 to 24 April…
Love It Was Not by Maya Sarfaty awarded Best Israeli Film, Alexander Nanau’s Collective crowned Best International Film. Other winners include Tokyo Ride by Louise Lemoine and Ila Bêka, Aswang…
The Lux Prize, previously awarded by the European Parliament, has merged with EFA’s People’s Choice Award and is rebranded as the Lux European Audience Film Award.
Four weekends comprising physical and online screenings, an art exhibition, talks and discussions to run 2 October - 15 November 2020
“Now we are operational we have approximately six or seven cases that we are actively dealing with on various levels. The world is changing rapidly and artists are more and…
US maverick filmmaker Abel Ferrara spoke at Venice following the world-premiere of his Sportin’ Life, a personal and intimate documentary made in lockdown.
“Maybe the world needs more people with Asperger’s,” says Greta Thunberg. And maybe the world needs more filmmakers like Nathan Grossman, who has made a movie that everyone should watch.
Greta Thunberg and I Am Greta director Nathan Grossman answered questions from the world press following the world premiere of the film at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
The three new works, all to be presented during IDFA DocLab 2020, will share total grant allocation of €20,000
Commencing Monday September 7, London/Barcelona-based outfit Sideways Film will embark on a month-long sales and acquisition odyssey throughout Europe, kicking off in Switzerland and visiting a further 13 countries.
October 15 is the date to register films for the Biarritz doc fest running 18 to 24 January 2021
New additions from Rise and Shine, Andana Films, Lightdox (formerly Sweet Spot Docs), DR Sales, Cinephil, and Films Transit, following the success of the DfS Summer Showcase in June 2020.
Italian director is the only filmmaker to win top awards at two A-list festivals with docs, the Golden Lion at Venice with (Sacro GRA, 2013) and the at Berlinale Golden…
14 European countries are represented in the EFA Documentary Selection. EFA Members will now vote for five documentary nominations. Winner to be announced 12 December in Reykjavik.
Ukrainian project Elevation picks up $5000 USD prize following its Docu Talents from the East pitch at Sarajevo.
Five projects have been selected for the first session of East Doc Series, which will take place online at Baltic Sea Docs on 2 and then 7-8 September 2020. The…
Seventeen producers from 17 European countries plus one from guest country Israel selected for 2-part programme running at Ji.hlava 2020 and Berlinale 2021.
67 films selected for open-air screening in Skopje (North Macedonia), but discussions, masterclasses and talks online. Also online is the MakeCoProDox Forum, kicking August 20-25.
Due to exceptionally high response rate, DocCelerator set to run extra training workshop at the end of August 2020.
The new programme for documentary series is focused on consultations and networking, connecting three European film markets.
Carolina Moscoso's Visión Nocturna picks up Grand Prix of International Competition while Explaining the Law to Kwame wins CNAP Award and Flash Competition Prize.
The 40th Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) announced July 23 the selection of long and short documentaries, as well as short films, that will compete in the Golden Calf Competition 2020.
Existing Program Director Chloe Gbai and Supervising Producer Caitlin Mae Burke will also join Field of Vision set-up
Jean-Pierre Rehm talks to Business Doc Europe of his relief at being able to run a ‘non-virtual’ FID Marseille, which again sets out to blur the lines between documentary, fiction…
Egyptian film producer Abdelwahab (When We’re Born, 2019) disappeared on 5 May from his office in Cairo, subsequently accused 11 May at the Supreme Court for State Security of “partnering…
The DocLab scheme, supported by Netflix, The Rank Foundation, The Rumi Foundation and seven UK independent production companies, underlines that “diversity is at its heart.”
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers has announced July 15 that Congress '20, originally to be located Strasbourg, will be held online December 8–10 due to the ongoing…
Findings of late-2019 survey indicate 35-54-year olds most likely doc viewers, VOD most popular platform, subject matter main attractor and 3/4 of respondents ‘emotionally affected’ by the experience. Recommendations: more…
The 12th edition of FIDLab took place online July 6 - 10. Fifteen projects (mixture of fiction and documentary), nine awards in total.
The second edition of Icelandic fest Icedocs kicks off next week (15-19 July) on an island where lockdown isn’t so restrictive. Festival co-founder Ingibjörg Halldórsdóttir tells Business Doc Europe what…
Narrated by avant-pop pioneer Laurie Anderson, Rovner’s film presents the women who embraced electronic music and machines, and transformed the way we produce and listen to music today.
In latest round, total documentary Incentive investment just under €2 million into 6 doc features, one doc series. Including features and hi-end series), total Incentive investment is €8.2m.
IDF reminder of upcoming East Silver Market 2020 deadline Rough cut projects to be in by July 31. Additionally, East Doc Market award for Pure Unknown at Sunny Side. Plus…
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…
“Black people have spoken, and now it’s time for allies at places like Doc Society to respond with actions,” says the NY/London non-profit organisation, as it announces five key measures,…
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…
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has issued a plea to for the use of geo-blocking technology to protect films and festivals in the digital era. The petition has already been…
UK-based Screenbound International Pictures announced Marché sales activity on Simon Sheridan’s doc Everything, about the 1970s UK soul combo The Real Thing. The company is also handing sales on Audrey…
Halted in March due to the global pandemic, new dates have been selected for continuation of the “world’s largest human rights film festival”, organisers say.
In the final part of his Sicilian trilogy, Michele Pennetta shows the economic/familial similarities between two marginalized characters sharing the sun-scorched island, a teenage boy and a young Nigerian immigrant.
“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…
Dynamic Dutch production outfit and its LA offshoot SubLA have revealed details of their latest ventures.
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…
Marc Bauder’s Who We Were, which is presented June 24 and 26 at the German Producers Present forum, is a philosophical essay on the dire need for engagement with the…
Speaking to Business Doc Europe, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, director of Our Daily Bread and Homo Sapiens and one of the heavyweight auteurs of European documentary, has revealed details of his new…
Leading French docs sales agent Anaïs Clanet has given details of her new venture, Reservoir Docs, which is being launched during the Cannes Marché.
Academy Award-nominated Brazilian director of The Edge of Democracy to join Doc Talk about the convergence between political and autobiographical documentaries in Latin America. Kick-off 17.30 CET
Three Greek documentaries-in-progress are presented June 22 at the Cannes Marché, including Michael Klioumis’ Made in Vain, about the pursuit of the body beautiful.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Monaco-based International Emerging Film Talent Association also sponsors the €10,000 Prize for Documentary Works-In-Progress for second year.
Online lectures and case studies by Emma Davie, Christian Aune Falch and Salomé Jashi, among others.
Live 31st edition running 22-26 July to include 82 films from 31 countries. Industry component FIDLab to run online 6-10 July.
For its 18th edition, Doclisboa will present a retrospective dedicated to Georgian cinema, mapping its production from the 1920s to the present.
Hybrid festival to run September 3-12 2020 following May postponement. International titles to be announced later.
The festival announces “intact” festival programme in theatres plus online, but Forum, Docs for Sale and IDFAcademy to go virtual. IDFA Issues separate statement in support of Black Lives Matter.
Bristol UWE research team reveals ‘a chronic lack of funding, support and coordination at the heart of the UK’s feature documentary film sector’.
2.65m SEK (€252k) granted to two long-form docs on surrogacy and the value of a best friend in times of tragic uncertainty, plus three short-form docs receive 610,000 SEK (€58,000).
Unlike other recent doc events, the FIDMarseille public festival will be presented live this year, running July 22-26.
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
115 films of all lengths spanning 50 countries representing 49 spoken languages. 22 UK productions. 31 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres and 40 UK Premieres.
Festival and Industry prizes awarded June 6. Best film prize to Acasa, My Home (Romania, Finland, Germany). FIPRESCI award to The Self Portrait (Norway).
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.
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…
Spotlights are on Sarah Maldoror, Lynne Sachs and Simplice Ganou, while the retrospective is revealed as Reimagining the Land, curated by Christopher Small.
From 1997 to 2001 Cooke was a film programmer of Sheffield Doc/Fest and is currently the CEO and one of the two founders of Renegade Pictures.
The Institute of Documentary Film has selected 12 documentaries, out of a record number of 108 submissions for the 18th edition of the Ex Oriente Film workshop.
Like the festival (which kicks off May 31), Krakow Industry will be online in 2020, and offers up a wide range of opportunities to collaborate with the Polish doc industry.
Doclisboa joint directors reveal plans for a “new format” that will offer “six different moments’ between October 2020 and March 2021.
Main prize to Welcome to Chechnya, making it automatically eligible for Best Feature Doc Oscar® consideration. At festival end on 28 May, 167 films sold out and 82,686 free tickets…
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.
He replaces Marion Döring who has been head of the European Film Academy since 1996
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.
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…
Al Jazeera Short Pitch awards two projects, doubling prize money to US $100k
22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (May 19 – 28) presents 210 documentaries from across the world, and three international competitions. Free access for Greek audiences up to 400 screenings per film.
Swedish makers Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen create an inspiring, colourful and moving portrait of a young trans and their changing generation.
A Polish film about late blossoming love and the filmmakers’ fascination for women ‘of a certain age’ with a zest for life.
Running 19-31 May 2020, the online selection runs to 35 documentaries including 13 tthat will compete for Best Documentary Award in the Official Panorama Section.
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.
After the Festival, a majority of titles will be made available for an extended viewing window until June 24, subject to availability.
Best feature to Punta Sacra (Italy), Jury prize to Finnish doc Anerca, Breath of Life.
On May 4 Swiss Films presents an overview of five promising Swiss docs in production, which are about to be launched onto the festival circuit and for worldwide distribution.
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.
Prizes follow successful conclusion of Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress and Rough Cut Lab programmes, presented online this year.
Two people from very different backgrounds, finding each other despite social, religious and societal obstacles - a universal message delivered in a personal and unique story.
Plastic surgeon/artist Dr Han is the personification of the self-improvement phenomenon - a fascinating figure in a compelling soap movie about vanity gone wild.
Amsterdam doc fest’s move a response to “unprecedented levels” of online audience interest during lockdown
A harrowing one-hour seven-minute documentary that went criminally underreported by film journalists when it premiered at the Berlinale, and whose images have every right to become iconic.
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…
In My Own Landscapes Antoine Chapon has created a film about one man’s form of escapism, a virtual world he helped create to prepare soldiers for the horrors of war.
Selections include Pripyat Piano (Czech Republic, Medium/Short Comp) and Wolves at the Border (Czech Republic, Grand Angle)
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…
The Soviet Union is not dead – it’s alive and kicking in Magnitogorsk, an unsightly town that resembles a fake film set, but one populated by some very real people.
In the final part of his Sicilian trilogy, Michele Pennetta shows the economic/familial similarities between two marginalized characters sharing the sun-scorched island, a teenage boy and a young Nigerian immigrant.
Beautiful, experimental and boundary-testing documentary entertains with a strange double protagonist and a washed-up white whale.
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…
Shot from a Zurich window, the film inventively combines images of demolition and re-construction with reflections on the loss of loved-ones and the harsh treatment of newly-arrived migrants.
All of it is love: it's beautiful, it's painful, it's enviable and it's what we live for and through. And it is what this film is undeniably made of.
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…
Imminent submissions date of April 30 for doc projects eyeing up release September 2020 through to August 2021
The 2020 Visions du Réel Industry awards cover the Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress, Rough Cut Lab and Opening Scenes events.
With professional activities set to kick off April 25, Visions du Réel’s co-head of Industry Gudula Meinzolt talks through this year’s online programme.
“Seven short films. Seven influential directors from around the world. A portrait of the quarantine which tears down all borders,” boasts leading Greek festival of YouTube presentation.
Not the first documentary by a bi-cultural director searching for her roots. But Their Algeria manages to deal with the matter in a light yet profound way, leaving you moved…
A new doc on Stanley Kubrick uses, for the first time, the audio of interviews conducted by French critic Michel Ciment. The result serves as a good introduction to his…
Details announced of selections in Public Pitch, Speed Meetings, Rough Cut Pitch, Doc Series Forum and Campus Barcelona categories.
2018 winner Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Sascha Schöberl (pictured) to world-premiere in Vision du Réel’s Grand Angle.
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.
In her selection for Medium/Short Comp, Daria Yurkevich follows a family of three girls and their mother living within a rural community in Belarus… in the shadow of Chernobyl.
A nostalgic portrait of African-American Geechee culture on Sapelo Island, Georgia, focuses on the elderly Cornelia Bailey and her two adopted young sons, who represent her hopes for regeneration.
How do you deal with the harsh reality of escaping a country where you’re not wanted, only to find that the safe haven in which you have invested so much…
One million euros earmarked to help Dutch professionals hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Third edition of the event to continue online on postponed festival’s original dates (April 30 - May 10), running through to May 31.
No screening schedule yet, but programme announced “to celebrate the hard work of the filmmakers and to support them as they seek opportunities in these difficult times.”
Sheffield Doc/Fest’s pitching initiatives MeetMarket (features and series) and Alternate Realities Talent Market (new media creatives) set for online presentation 8-10 June 2020.
Belgrade doc fest looking to reconvene in September 2020
The day and date initiative now covers almost 90% of Dutch independent cinemas, it claims, with the number of participating cinemas growing from 23 to 31.
The event to be “reimagined” for online but “will still deliver the key, flagship moments that have become integral to the industry’s calendar,” reads statement released April 7 2020.
The Choir and 16 together granted €175.5k (SEK 1.92 million) in latest round of production funding.
'Spaces' embraced so far by 14 doc and fiction global luminaries, including Rachel Leah Jones, Yung Chang, Radu Jude and Nanouk Leopold.
The core Catalonian public and industry doc gathering is the latest event to take the virtual option after the declaration of a global pandemic.
Total includes six European productions from six countries. Women make up 4 of the 6 European directors, and 17 across all projects.
Nonprofit American Documentary (AmDoc), which was behind the PBS series POV, kickstarts a COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund to support the independent documentary community.
Arché is a prof lab that provides tools for the creation of new cinematographic Ibero-Am projects. RAW aims to provide a space for the development of new films between Lisbon…
New films by Coco Schrijber and Dawood Hilmandi get Dutch Incentive nod. Total Production investment of €6.8 million in this round.
The festival’s pitching forums will continue online in June while films, talks, panels and artist events will be presented across weekends in Autumn 2020.
Originally slated to run April 24 to May 2 2020, the festival start date will come forward to April 17. Free online access for public limited to 500 spectators per…
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.
Valued at €15,000, the prize is awarded by CPH:FORUM and Eurimages for the best pitch at CPH:FORUM 2020, which this year was conducted in virtual space.
Four days is, CPH:DOX Head of Industry Katrine Kiilgaard is so far delighted following the event’s forced conversion to digital this year.
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…
Open to creative feature-length documentary projects and docuseries in development and early production, the deadline is April 30
Film teams from Hungary, Slovenia, Georgia and Romania successful at leading Croatian doc event.
CPH:FORUM opened 24 March with a debate during which organisers and stakeholders expressed mutual gratitude and offered both support and opinions on the way forward in the wake of coronavirus.
In a new doc directed by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski, a young stage director turns to the Bard to help identify Ukraine’s post-Maidan generation.
Belgian producer Emmy Oost discusses her Forum project about violence as a physical reaction to an inability to express our dissatisfaction.
Home alone with a camera with a lot of time on your hands and a global crisis to contemplate? Then follow the advice of the Thessaloniki Film Festival and turn…
The event is part of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival that runs October 27 – November 1 2020 in the Czech Republic.
The 22nd edition of the Academy Award-qualifying doc fest, which was due to run May 21 – 30 2020, pushed back to September.
CPH:DOX Head of Industry Katrine Kiilgaard talks to Business Doc Europe about the festival’s shift to online as a response to local and international concerns over coronavirus.
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.
Leading North American doc fest is the latest casualty of coronavirus
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.
€482,000 granted to seven documentaries (two minorities) in latest round of Finnish Film Foundation support
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…
After a tortuous week for the international doc industry, at last a measure of hope as Thessaloniki announces The Agora Doc Market awards after the event was conducted online due…
Danish doc fest CPH:DOX is the latest event to suffer the effects of COVID-19 as it shifts to online for 2020.
Peter Jackson’s new doc features never-before-seen footage of the legendary band’s “Let It Be” recording sessions along with the entire iconic rooftop concert, fully restored
Decision taken in response to Czech government’s coronavirus “decree”. Organisers looking to resume festival activities in Autumn 2020.
Croatian doc event due to take place from 15 to 22 March “postponed”. Meanwhile its Pitching Forum and professionals training programme ZagrebDox Pro will continue online.
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…
Activity on Thessaloniki’s online market has been “feverish”, say festival organisers.
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.
Silbersalz Science & Media Festival (25-28 June 2020) and Documentary Campus announces partnership with pioneering conservation outfit Jackson Wild.
Core features of the Agora Market to remain, plus awards to be announced March 12, says market chief Yianna Sarri.
2020 Oscar-nominee Petra Costa will be a special guest of Visions du Réel, which including retrospective of her work and a masterclass in the fest’s Atelier section.
World premieres across Documentary Competition, Spotlight Documentary, Viewpoints and Movies Plus sections.
Decision taken following the latest announcement issued by the World Health Organization, which updated its estimation concerning the spreading of the coronavirus.
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.
Valued at €40,000 courtesy of public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb), the prize money will be shared by Panh and producer Catherine Dussart.
Key award for feature doc Victoria, directed by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere, which screened in Berlin’s Forum section.
Berlinale Compass-Perspektive-Award to Walchensee Forever (Janna Ji Wonders) and Heiner Carow Prize to Natalija Yefimkina for Garagenvolk (Garage People).
Garage People is the Russian equivalent of Ulrich Seidl’s In the Basement, drenched in vodka and melancholy.
In total, 189 feature-length documentaries and 74 short documentaries from around the world will play throughout the festival’s 11-day duration (5-15 March 2020)
Magnolia Pictures International revealed sales of four documentary features including The Fight and Assassins and Once Were Brothers.
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.
Director Carol Dysinger will attend the leading Greek doc event for the March 15 conclusion
National Geographic Documentary Films picks up Sundance selection entry Saudi Runaway from Berlin-based Rise and Shine.
Neon has acquired North American rights to Gunda, directed by Russian auteur Victor Kossakovsky and selected for Berlinale Encounters.
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…
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…
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.
In the Russian doc master's new film, animals which are usually thought of as meat are here observed as fellow living beings.
UK/US doccer Audrey Rumsby hotfoots it to DocSalon to pitch her all-singing, all-dancing Barry and Joan to interested parties.
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.
An inspiring, colourful and moving portrait of a young trans and their changing generation.
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…
43 world, 16 international and 6 European premieres are numbered within the 65 competition selections.
Berlin-based sales outfit Rise and Shine pops up the road to EFM with two films in official selection and two market premieres.
With 13 films in International Competition (12 from Europe), climate change and its impact on the local landscape is the core theme of the 2020 One World Film Festival (5…
“[We] ask for [his] immediate and unconditional release... and call on festivals around the world, cinemas and all artists to do the same,” the combined statement underlines.
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.
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…
Incredible Film's It’s Dutch Design, market-premiering at EFM 2020, selected for October’s prestigious Milan Design Film Festival.
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.
The film also ushers in a curated programme on the Anthropocene Age, which denotes the period that humankind has been active on the planet.
These include new projects from the Oscar-nominated Laura Nix and Talal Derki, Berlinale winner Adina Pintilie, Sundance winners Jialing Zhang and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and the Venice-winning team of Elwira Niewiera…
Five world prems plus 4 international premieres in International Competition. All are world prems in French competition.
Legendary Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon, avant-garde French-Colombian Laura Huertas Millán and Lauren Greenfield, who chronicles the accumulation of vast wealth, will be in the spotlight at Thessaloniki (5-15 March 2020).
44 competition titles in total across International, Asian and Taiwan categories.
The People in Need NGO award to be presented by Oleg Sentsov March 5 2020 to Yorov’s brother during the opening of the One World Film Fest, Prague.
Journeyman Pictures acquires world rights (except The Netherlands and Flanders) to Frank Herrebout's moon doc Fallen Astronaut.
Academy nod for Carol Dysinger's film about the all-girl skate school in Kabul; follows BAFTA win.
Awards for Shooting Stars at the Sundance shadow fest and 19:91 at Budapest International Documentary Festival.
The Gothenburg Film Festival prize is valued at €25,000.
The Reason I Jump garners Audience Award, and Benjamin Ree’s The Painter and the Thief wins Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling. Further prizes for The Earth is Blue as…
Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts popular winners at pre-eminent Brit awards event.
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva's doc about an all-girl skateboard school in Kabul wins top shorts award in London.
The Swiss-Canadian filmmaker will “share his universe’ and his cinematographic practice with the public during a Masterclass. In addition retrospective will be dedicated to his work throughout the festival.
Sonja Wyss’ latest documentary relates a family fairytale that turned into something more akin to a nightmare.
The Yuletide spirit came late to IFFR in 2020 (or early) with Merry Christmas, Yiwu by Mladen Kovacevic, about Chinese factories serving the indulgent needs of the West.
Grand Prix for French Documentary awarded to Danser Sa Peine while Sous la peau picks up Audience Award
Documentary arm of EFM announces a co-operation with DAE, an Archive Day and a new program for under-represented doc professionals.
The animated documentary Carne (Spain/Brazil), In Between (Kosovo) and the doc/fiction/experimental hybrid Past Perfect get first nods. Five fiction films also submitted.
Producer/director teams behind the Russian Figures in the Urban Landscape (post-prod) and Panamanian Wild Gleaming Space (script development) are in Rotterdam to raise interest and finance.
After we die, it is different people’s jobs to clean, stitch, embalm, drive, lift, lower, burn, and bury our corpses. Carl Olsson’s documentary feature observes them all, in a series…
In Tiger selection Drama Girl, Dutch filmmaker Vincent Boy Kars attempts revise a woman's past by dramatising it.
New programme strands announced for 2020 edition of Doc/Fest (4-9 June)
The Portuguese filmmaker will be lauded at the Paris-based international doc festival, to be held March 13 to 22 2020.
Oscar-winning producer John Battsek is leaving Passion Pictures to set up the new LA/London-based outfit Ventureland.
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…
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.
Sweden-located Life Overtakes me in running for Academy Award for Best Documentary Short with UK doc Learning to Skate in a Warzone (If You're a Girl).
The Cave, For Sama and Honeyland get the Oscar nomination nod. Honeyland also nominated for Best International Feature.
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…
Business Doc Europe outlines a selection of upcoming training deadlines for determined doccers.
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…
Four world-prems feature among the nine documentaries selected for Nordic Doc Competition at Gothenburg Film festival which runs 24 Jan – 3 Feb 2020.
For Sama and Diego Maradona on the 5-film shortlist
Facebook post casts serious doubt over the Syrian director's (The Cave) ability to attend the Oscar ceremony, and to promote the film in the US pre-event.
The Finnish Film Foundation has granted €717,000 in production support to seven documentaries, the organisation announced December 30 2019.
The event offers up nine projects in Forum, ten projects in the Market and three in East Doc Interactive.
Adam Cook has resigned with immediate effect as Senior Programmer of Sheffield Doc/Fest, according to a statement released December 19 2019 by the festival.
IFFR will present 22 feature doc world premieres (17 from Europe) in 2020 across its Deep Focus, Bright Future, Perspectives and Voices Strands.
Director of Original Documentaries leaves the streaming giant after 18 months.
Polish docs have rounded off the year superbly with prizes at Macau, Athens and Barcelona… and Slamdance to come in Jan 2020.
Fifteen films, six from Europe, will advance in the 2020 Oscars documentary feature category after 159 films were submitted this year.
Swedish documentary about 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg to be aired on Hulu in 2020
The Story of The Netherlands will be produced by Pupkin Film and directed by Niek Koppen and Lourens Blok.
Former HFM boss and current Director of Acquisitions at MUBI to shadow Bero Beyer at IFFR 2020 before taking over March 1.
The award was presented at the Berlin ceremony by Georgian-born French journalist, actress and film director Nino Kirtadzé
Headed by Mohamed Saïd Ouma, DOC-A will support the African documentary film industry with a remit to include provision of mentored fellowships, training labs and production support.
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.
After the dust settled on IDFA 2019, Esther van Messel of First Hand Films outlined her market sales to Business Doc Europe.
EFA's Marion Döring and IFFR chief Bero Beyer on the initiative to support filmmakers facing political persecution .
Eight of the 12 docs selected for Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition are from Europe. All films are world premieres.
Exactly one month after the much-debated exhumation of the remains of Spanish dictator Franco, a documentary about the unhealed wounds of the Franco era world premieres at IDFA.
The award comes with a cash prize of €5,000.
New York based doc specialists Cargo Film & Releasing is extending its relationship with documentary legend (and IDFA regular) Barbara Kopple.
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…
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.
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.
“Characters always come my way like a casualty,” explains Mexican director Sérgio Morkin of his feature doc Maricarmen, selected for Docs for Sale.
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…
On Monday 26 November Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-truth World Picked up the International Emmy Award in the Best Documentary category.
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.
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.
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.
Irem Couchouron, head of Public Programs at the Silbersalz Science and Media Festival spoke to Business Doc Europe about the festival’s rationale.
Sydney Neter, founder and managing director of Amsterdam-based sales agent SND Films, is going into business with Marilyn Monroe and Joan Collins.
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.
‘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…
Nick Broomfield on Boris, Brexit, Trump and his dad (and Marianne… and Leonard)
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…
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.
Dutch director Oeke Hoogendijk is continuing her long association with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
A mesmerising journey through space, history and emotions, carefully and lovingly crafted from found footage.
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.
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.
Cinephil boss Philippa Kowarsky highlights the challenges currently facing the doc world during a period of “crazy transition”.
First Hand Films’ managing director Esther van Messel has given details of the new fund the company is establishing.
With admirable dedication, filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei has made his fourth documentary on Iranian youth detention.
Leading European doc outfit announces pick-up of competition selections King Of The Cruise and La Mami
After five years, the Ukrainian is ready to resume his filmmaking career, he says.
The prize will be sponsored to the tune of €40,000 by the new backer.
IDFA Creative Director Orwa Nyrabia is in buoyant mood and, it seems, justifiably so.