62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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no filmmaker is an island


DOK Panel

Arte Case Studies: No filmmaker is an island!

Wednesday, 29 October, 16:00 - 18:00
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig

From a director’s first ideas to a world premiere, there are many partners involved in seeing a creative documentary to its completion. Local, international, languages, religious and cultural interests all have to be managed, before you even start thinking about budgets and revenue splits or the requirements of your international broadcasting partners. Long-time international collaborative partner ARTE walks us through two recent co-productions, exploring the production process on a human scale, beyond the financing plan. Experienced producers and commissioning editors will share their stories and experiences. A chatty and informal session on the pitfalls and successes of European and international co-production today.


Case Studies

Domino Effect
by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr
Rosołowski, commissioned
by Dagmar Mielke, RBB/ARTE,
produced by zero one, Ann Carolin
Renninger and Otter Films, Anna Wydra

From My Syrian Room
by Hazem Alhamwi, commissioned
by Sabine Rollberg, WDR/ARTE,
produced by Nathalie Combe,
Cosmographe Productions and
Heino Deckert, majade

The Mittal Empire: A Modern Tragedy
by Jérôme Fritel, commissioned
by Alex Szalat, ARTE France,
Wilbur Lequebe, RTBF
produced by Jean-Marie Michel,
CAPA Presse TV, Christophe Louis,


This session will be held in English.


Accredited guests welcome.


Daniel Saltzwedel

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin



Heino Deckert filmproduktions/Deckert Distribution, Leipzig/Berlin

Sabine Rollberg

WDR/ARTE, Cologne

Piotr Rosolowski

independent filmmaker, Berlin

Ann-Caroline Renninger

zero one filmproduktion, Berlin

Dagmar Mielke

RBB/ARTE, Berlin

Alex Szalat

ARTE France, Paris

Audio Recording:
No filmmaker is an island [108.7MB/mp3]