Docunexion MX-DE

Docunexion is a training program which aims to create an active and constant exchange of ideas and talents among countries to stimulate creative collaboration, development of new projects and build audiences around documentary film.

In collaboration with the International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (DocsDF) and the Goethe-Institut Mexiko and within the celebration of the Dual Year Mexico-Germany, DOK.fest München offers the binational training program "Docunexion MX-DE 2016" for filmmakers with documentary projects. 

The selected documentary projects will have the opportunity to workshop their projects in development in Mexico at DocsDF and in Germany at DOK.fest München with renowned professionals from both countries. 

The program has selected six teams from Mexico and Germany, of emerging director-producers, three from each country.
It consists in two internships, the first has taken place in Mexico City during the International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (DocsDF) and the second one will be held in May 2017 at DOK.fest München.
Regulations for submissions can be found here.

The submission period ended on June 30th.

With the support of Matching Fund, IMCINE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico


The mentors in Mexico

Paula Astorga

Graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), she has developed her career as film producer and independent promoter. Nowadays, she is the CEO of Cinema Uno Networks and the Artistic Director Distrital Film Festival, from where she also heads next to Erick Gonzalez 3 Puertos Cine Lab.

Juan Manuel Sepulveda

Director, producer and filmmaker. His work, a critic exploration and unconventional to the documentary way, comprises Bajo la tierra, La frontera infinita and Extraño rumor de la tierra cuando se abre un surco. His third feature film got a Jury’s Special Mention in the Cinéma du Réel Festival.

Alejandro Sugich

Producer, filmmaker, scriptwriter and VR and AR conceptual artist. Economist

specialized in finances, studied film directing and photography in NYFA, as well as production and executive production in the UCLA. Founder of Sulafilms (2007), the distributor Neverlanding Pictures (2014) and the SumoVr, pioneer in the VR and AR production in America. Has been nominated in the Arieles, Diosa de Plata and Canacine awards.


The mentors in Germany

Bettina Walter 
is a producer committed to producing documentaries for the international market from her base in Barcelona since more than 15 years.
Her films as “Falciani´s Tax Bomb”, “Google and the Worldbrain”, “My Life with Carlos”, “Mañana al mar”, “Devil’s Miner” and “Light Bulb Conspiracy” have been co-produced with broadcasters such as ARTE/ZDF, BBC, TVE, TVC and PBS and presented at festivals as Sundance, Hot Docs, DocFest and Sheffield and have won awards all over Europe and USA, incl. the FIPRESCI, PBS Ind Lens, Prix Europa and Grimme. 

David Spaeth
is a german director and author. He directed several documentaries for public TV networks, and for Servus TV. At Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg he is a teacher for film directing, mentoring students and their documentary and fictional projects. 

Sirkka Möller 
has been organising and programming int. film festivals since 1988, with a focus on documentary formats. Among others she has worked for DOK Leipzig, Sheffield Int. Documentary Festival, FID Marseille, Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the world sales agent Deckert Distribution.
She is on the Selection Board for the Panorama section at Berlinale and is Coordinator of the Project Lab Doc Station at Berlinale Talents. She advises filmmakers on project development and editing and works as a freelance curator.