2020 Visions du Réel Industry Awards

2020 Visions du Réel Industry Awards

Nightcrawlers Petter Aaberg, Sverre Kvamme

At Visions du Réel Industry 2020 a total of 28 projects were selected from as far afield as China, Burkina Faso, Chile and Norway and many other countries, the festival underlined May 1.


The Pitching du Réel international co-production forum presented 15 projects while 

Docs in Progress brought 9 project holders into contact with distributors, festivals and numerous television channels. More than 400 individual meetings have been organized within the framework of these activities, thus offering industry professionals the opportunity to connect with each other and in many cases to initiate collaborations allowing projects to be realized more easily or quickly, the festival comments.


Rough Cut Lab gave the opportunity to 4 projects to obtain valuable feedback in the framework of an editing workshop gathering dedicated tutors and editors.


A platform for Swiss industry

Once again special emphasis was placed on the Swiss film industry. First of all, the co-production meeting ‘Switzerland Meets UK’ brought together Swiss and English producers and institutions. They were able to discuss the challenges and opportunities that co-productions between these two countries entail. 


The RTS Perspectives d’un Doc development prize, valued at CH10,000 went to the project In the Name of the Roses(dir: Daniel Wyss, Prod: Stéphane Goël, CLIMAGE)


The SWISS FILMS Previews programme was set up in partnership with SWISS FILMS and will take place on Monday, May 4 2020


The Media Library presented more than 400 films, including films within the official selection.


“Going online has allowed us to expand our borders and we are happy to confirm that, under the current circumstances and through different platforms, we have created a large number of business and exchange opportunities both for the project holders and for the decision makers”, concluded Violeta Bava, Co-Head of the Industry.




The Party Film Sales Award: Acquisition of international rights 

Paradise Alexander Abaturov, director. Rebecca Houzel, Petit à Petit Production, producer. France, Russia

RTS Award: Pre-buy of one film 

Nightcrawlers Petter Aaberg, Sverre Kvamme, directors. Carsten Aanonsen, Indie Film, producer Even Benestad, Indie Film, producer. Norway (pictured above)


HEAD- Genève Postproduction Award, Colour grading and creation of the files for diffusion 

Reas Lola Arias, directorGema Juarez Allen, Gema Films, producer. Argentina 


MFI SCRIPT2FILM Workshops Project Development Award Script workshop’s participation in the DocLab for one person with tuition fees covered

Machtat Sonia Ben Slama, director. Cécile Lestrade, Alter Ego Production, producer Tania El Khoury, Khamsin Films, producer, Elise Hug, Alter Ego Production, producer. France, Lebanon 


Cannes Docs Award Accreditation for the filmmaker and producer for the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, to participate in Cannes Docs 

Voice of Baceprot Yosep Anggi Noen, director. Yulia Evina Bhara, KawanKawan Media, producer. Indonesia 


DOK Leipzig Talent Development Award Accreditation and accommodation at DOK Leipzig & access to the DOK CO-PRO MARKET for the filmmaker and producer 

The Mission Tania Moilanen, director. Isabella Karhu, Danish Bear Productions, producer Juho-Pekka Tanskanen, Danish Bear Productions, producer. Finland


Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Award Accreditation and accommodation to TDF and access to AGORA for one person 

A Little Love Package Gastón Solnicki, director.Paolo Calamita, Little Magnet Films, producer. Austria, Argentina 



Freestudios DCP Delivery Package Award Creation of a DCP package 

Malintzin 17 Eugenio Polgovsky, Mara Polgovsky, directors. Mara Polgovsky, Tecolote Films, director & producer. Mexico 


Asterisk* Marketing Award 1 hour consulting session re. audience design and marketing for three projects 

Dark Red Forest Jin Huaqing, Jin Huaqing Studio, director & producer Li Xinyi, Jin Huaqing Studio, producer China 

Notes for a Film Ignacio Agüero, director. Amalric de Pontcharra, Aguero & Asociado Ltd, producer Tehani Staiger, Aguero & Asociado Ltd, producer, Elisa Sepulveda, FULGURANCE, producer. Chile, France 

We are inside Farah Kassem, director. Cynthia Choucair, Road2films, producer. Lebanon, Qatar, Denmark 


DAE Encouragement Award 2x memberships for the network plus 4 free consultations with network members, tailored to the needs of the project. 

The Miracle of Almería Moon Blaisse, director. Emmy Oost, Cassette for timescapes, producer Katja Draaijer, Baldr Film. David Fonjallaz, Louis Mataré Lomotion. Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland 




Raggioverde Subtitling Award Subtitle creation incl. translation in one language 

Last Days at Sea Venice Atienza, Svemirko Film Productions, director & producer Fan Wu, Svemirko Film Productions, producer 




visions sud est Award Best project from from the South (Africa, Latin America and Asia) or from Eastern Europe (excluding EU members) 

Malintzin 17 Eugenio Polgovsky, Mara Polgovsky, directors. Mara Polgovsky, Tecolote Films, director & producer. Mexico