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Not a word about C... or P…, but let’s be frank: we cannot pretend that we are back to normal, and nothing has changed. The documentary industry is hurting, and we rely more than ever on the Magic Triangle of independent creators, public funds, and broadcasters/platforms – collaborating financially and creatively to keep the power of documentary alive and kicking. But how do we keep the creative juices flowing? What do filmmakers and producers need to flourish? What do funders need to stay relevant? And what do broadcasters and platforms need to engage and enlighten audiences?
Along the lines of the well-known dictum, Never Waste a Good Crisis, it’s time for new visions, new initiatives, taking frank, realistic stock, but also grabbing and exploring the glimpses of opportunities the crisis also offered us.
It’s time to be authentically BOLD: what do we really need? But it’s also time to truly LISTEN, reflect and pool together, rather than proclaiming statements and fortifying our respective positions.
Let’s share our best practices, workable weaknesses, and learnable mistakes, envisioning the ultimate roadmap(s) from idea and intention to audience and impact.
In the interactive setting of the Masters’ Pitch, 9 new documentary projects heading into this transitioning market, will be presented to international commissioners and experts. Feedback is also sought from the audience, including producers, directors, distributors and representatives of major broadcasters. Our jury members will be in the spotlight as well to share their reflections and current needs in keynotes.
Programme and Projects
13.00–13.15 Welcome & introduction
13.20–13.35 Kick-off keynote by Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, ZDF: "Still Making Sense" Coproducing documentaries in times of crises"
13.35–14.20 Pitching block 1
13.35–13.50 Pitch 1 and Feedback: RUSSIA VS. LAWYERS, Netherlands/Germany
Pitching Team: Masha Novikova and Julia Shaginurova
13.50–14.05 Pitch 2 and Feedback: OUR SEEDS, Turkey
Pitching Team: Erhan Arik and Meryem Yavuz
14.05–14.20 Pitch 3 and Feedback: OLE MI COÑO: MY SEXTORTION DIARY, Spain
Pitching Team: Patricia Franquesa and Mireia Graell
14.20–14.35 Impulse talk by Derren Lawford, Dare Pictures: "Uncertainty, Flexibility and Opportunity: My New Normality"
14.35–15.05 Pitching block 2
14.35–14.50 Pitch 4 and Feedback: MEMORY WARS, Germany/Sweden
Pitching Team: Hendrik Löbbert and Erik Winker
14.50–15.05 Pitch 5 and Feedback: UNTITLED: MISS AFRICA SOUTH, South Africa
Pitching Team: Jacqui-Lee Katz and Darren Kerr
15.05–15.30 Coffee Break
15.30–15.45 Impulse talk by Jake Wiafe, Little Dot Studios: "Not Everyone Likes Documentaries"
15.45–16.45 Pitching block 3
15.45–16.00 Pitch 6 and Feedback: CONCRETE LAND, Jordan
Pitching Team: Asmahan Bkerat and Sahar Yousefi
16.00–16.15 Pitch 7 and Feedback: VIBE ISTANBUL, Turkey/France
Pitching Team: Nafise Esmael Motlaq and Saeed Nasiri
16.15–16.30 Pitch 8 and Feedback: FINDING LA SINGLA, Spain/Germany
Pitching Team: Paloma Zapata and Nadja Smith
16.30–16.45 Pitch 9 and Feedback: VELVET GENERATION, Slovakia/Czech Republic
Pitching Team: Ivana Hucíková and Monika Loš?áková
16.45–17.00 Impulse talk by tbc
17.00–17.10 Closing Words Karolina Lidin & Thank yous
Master's Pitch Jury
The event will be moderated by renowned documentary consultant Karolina Lidin (Nordisk Film & TV Fund).
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, ZDF
Timo Großpietsch, NDR
Derren Lawford, Dare Pictures
Matthias Leybrand, BR
Philippa Kowarsky, BBC
Esther van Messel, First Hand Films
Jake Wiafe, Little Dot Studios
We reserve the right to make changes to the programme.
In partnership with Documentary Campus
Documentary Campus is a non-profit organisation based in Munich. Through a combination of workshops, seminars, training programmes and industry events, the throughout Europe renowned professional training initiative supports budding filmmakers in developing their film projects and introduces them to the international standards and rules of the documentary film game by providing professionals and up-and-coming talents with the know-how, networking opportunities and contacts to find co-production partners and to help their documentaries succeed on an international scale.