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.