DocSalon gearing up for Berlin 2020 with three new developments

DocSalon gearing up for Berlin 2020 with three new developments

DocSalon, the documentary arm of the European Film Market will feature three new developments in 2020.  


The doc event is teaming up for the first time with DAE, the Documentary Association of Europe launched January 2020, and inviting documentary filmmakers to its inaugural meeting of February 22. The goals of the new member-driven association are to bring together the European documentary film industry, to strengthen and support it and to speak out with a unified voice for a fair and productive future.


On February 25, an Archive Day will take place for the first time in Germany, featuring a mix of social and thematic components. Twelve of the most renowned international film archives will be on hand to inform market attendees about their collections and react to concrete enquiries. As a sneak preview, rbb, ARTE, zero one film and bauder film will be presenting the first episode of Berlin 1945, a documentary series composed entirely of archival materials. 


Visual researchers Elizabeth Klinck and Monika Preischl will co-moderate a talk about the professional work of archival research, the role of archive producers, and licensing. Additionally, a conversation between representatives from archives and production companies will compare the differing approaches to archival research from around the world.


Together with the DocSalon Toolbox Programme, DocSalon and the EFM Diversity & Inclusion Initiative are presenting a jointly developed pilot project that is specifically intended for international delegations of documentary creatives from underrepresented groups. The program aims to provide a tool kit of relevant industry and business know-how under the guidance of consultants and coordinators, while also providing numerous opportunities for exchange and targeted networking. 


Designed for mid-to-entry level producers and producing filmmakers, the DocSalon Toolbox Programme aims to promote underrepresented documentary professionals through the sharing of market intelligence and business connections. 


The programme is funded by the Goethe-Institut and receives additional support from Creative BC, the New Zealand Film Commission, SODEC, CMPA Canadian Media Producers Association and Téléfilm Canada.