DOK Co-Pro Market

DOK Co-Pro Market

The DOK Co-Pro Market is a co-financing and networking event, connecting producers with colleagues to finance new creative documentary projects and granting exclusive access to the multifaceted German and international non-fiction markets. The Call for Projects is now open!
About the 2022 Co-Pro Market

The Co-Pro Market features 35 international documentary and animated documentary projects in development and matches project holders with new partners for co-production, financing and distribution. The Co-Pro Market expands networks, creates fruitful opportunities for new creative documentaries and affords glimpses into the documentary crystal ball to see future paths towards sustainability and equality.

Over two days, DOK Industry organises 850+ curated one-on-one meetings and plenty of informal networking opportunities in a friendly and welcoming setting. The 18th Co-Pro Market takes place 17-18 October 2022 in Leipzig, Germany.

Partner delegations are invited to participate in the Co-Pro Market Open Programme that takes place alongside the main market activities. The programme consists of informal networking offers and discussions led by international experts who share their knowledge on the international market and co-production.


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Call for Projects now open

We are excited to launch the Call for Projects for the 18th DOK Co-Pro Market! While age is just a number, we feel as curious, adventurous and energetic as any 18-year-old and are looking forward to seeing which projects you are bringing forth this year.

What kind of projects are we looking for?

  • ambitious, creative, author-driven documentary and animated documentary projects from all over the world
  • projects in development or early stages of production
  • feature-length documentaries suitable for theatrical release
  • one-offs and series are also welcome to apply
  • documentaries with an international audience in mind

How to submit?

The deadline for submissions is 21 July 2022. Read the Co-Pro Market guidelines (PDF) and start the submission process here. Please note that you need to login to your myDOK account – or register for a new one – to access the submission area.

We can’t wait to discover your new projects!

Co-Pro Market 2022 at a glance

Eine Gesprächssituation beim Co-Pro Market. 3 Teilnehmer*innen sitzen an einem Tisch, zwei mit dem Rücken zur Kamera. In der Mitte eine Frau frontal zur Kamera. Sie hält einen Kugelschreiber in ihrer Hand und lächelt ihre Gesprächspartner an.

Over 850 curated one-on-one meetings bringing together project holders with potential co-producers, co-financiers, distributors and sales representatives. 

We offer an online get-together and workshop for the selected project teams in preparation of their participation to foster the network of independent documentary producers and mutual exchange.

Overview of the Co-Pro Market meetings: A huge staircase is leading to the second floor of an open office space. There are several desks in open meeting compartments. Smalls groups of people (2–4) are sitting at the desks.
When and Where?

The 18th DOK Co-Pro Market takes place 17–18 October as part of the 65th DOK Leipzig film festival and is located in Leipzig’s picturesque city centre with industry venues and cinemas in walking distance.


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More than 175 professionals participate in the DOK Co-Pro Market, including 90+ international decision makers. 

Producers without projects looking for new projects for their slates are also invited to attend the DOK Co-Pro Market. Our Call for Producers opens 17 August and closes 20 September 2022.

Submit your project until 21 July!

Awards presented at the 2021 edition were:

  • The Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director came with a 5,000 € prize and was sponsored by the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism (SMWK).
  • The Current Time TV Award, along with 1,500 €, went to a project from Central or Eastern Europe.
  • The EWA Diverse Voices Award was introduced as a brand-new award by the European Women’s Audiovisual Network and came along with 1,000 € donated by EWA and a year-long mentorship by DOK Leipzig.
DOK Co-Pro Market Coordinator

Ulrike Schmidt

u [dot] schmidt [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de
+49 (0)341 30864-1081

Review the project selection of 2021 and 2020

Want to discover the documentary projects that have been part of the Co-Pro Market in recent years? 

Browse the project archive

DOK Industry is realised with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.
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