DOK Co-Pro Market

DOK Co-Pro Market

35 projects from 36 countries have been selected to participate in the 2021 DOK Co-Pro Market. Congratulations to the team! From 25 to 29 October they will meet potential co-production, financing and distribution partners.

While the past year has brought a major disruption to our industry’s ways to meet and connect, we are looking confidently into the future and are positive to be able to meet in person soon again. The DOK Co-Pro Market 2021 is planned as a hybrid event with individual meetings and networking opportunities taking place in Leipzig as well as online.

35 projects in development or early stages of production will get together from 25 to 29 October 2021 to meet with potential co-producers, co-financiers, broadcasters, funds, distributors and sales representatives in over 850 individual meetings. The goal is to expand networks, create fruitful opportunities to finance new creative documentaries and face together the radical challenges that have presented themselves this past year.


Selected Projects 2021

Hybrid DOK Co-Pro Market at a glance

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The DOK Co-Pro Market takes place from 25 to 29 October 2021 as a hybrid event.

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

Producers looking for new projects for their slates can register their interest for participation with us. The deadline is 27 September 2021. Please find the call for producers below.


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The individual meetings will be offered onsite in Leipzig as well as online, for those who cannot travel.

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Good to know!

We have no geographic quotas or restrictions: projects from all over the world are invited to apply.

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.

Participate as Producer without a Project

A major focus of the DOK Co-Pro Market is to help create a network of unique professionals dedicated to the co-production of creative documentary works. Since the Co-Pro Market’s founding 17 years ago, producers have always had special priority in our programming, and the hybrid edition gives us a unique opportunity to open our doors to more producers than ever before.

We invite producers who are actively looking for new audio-visual works to co-produce and to expand their networks internationally to apply as a Producer without a Project for participation in the Co-Pro Market. The deadline is 27 September.

Producers should have relevant co-production experience in recent years and aim to find new high-quality, international projects to co-produce. Capacities are limited and the decision will be depending on the composition of the final project selection of the Co-Pro Market. The selected projects in development or early production are seeking creative as well as financing partners, with expertise in documentary or animated documentary production.

The Co-Pro Market individual meetings between producers and the selected projects take place on 25, 26 and 28 October 2021 in a hybrid meeting format – onsite in Leipzig and online. Participation as Producer without a Project is possible onsite in Leipzig (including some online meetings) or entirely online.

What does a participation as a Producer without a Project include?

  • prescheduled Individual Meetings with project teams
  • access to the Co-Pro Market Open Programme (online networking, talks and discussion formats with other Co-Pro Market participants including Decision Makers)
  • additionally, Co-Pro Market Onsite Access gives you the opportunity to meet projects at our Co-Pro Market venue in Leipzig and join the Co-Pro Market networking lunches

How much does the Participation Fee cost?

Producer without a Project Onsite participation: 220€ = 140€ for the Accreditation Festival/Industry – Onsite & Online + 80€ for Co-Pro Market onsite participation fee (incl. VAT)

Producer without a Project Online participation: 150€ = 100€ for the Accreditation Festival/Industry – Online + 50€ for Co-Pro Market online access (incl. VAT)

How can I apply as a Producer without a Project?

The application deadline for Producers without a Project is 27 September 2021.

To apply, please fill in the Application Form and send it by email to the Coordinator of the Co-Pro Market Ulrike Schmidt: u [dot] schmidt [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de

Download the Application Form (PDF)

We will get back in regards to your application in early October.

Meet our Co-Pro Market Selection Committee 2021

Portrait of a Woman of Color. Her name is Malin Hüber and she is part of this year Co-Pro Jury  2021.
Malin Hüber

HER film

Malin Hüber is a producer and curator based in Stockholm. She was part of this year’s Luleå Biennial team and co-founder of the film production company HER film. Recent films include children’s doc series Sport Kids (2015), Mia Engberg’s Lucky One (2019), SCOT-PEP and Petra Bauer’s Workers! (2019) and Christian Nyampeta’s Sometimes It Was Beautiful (2018).







Portrait of a Woman. Her name is Svetla Turnin and she is part of this year Co-Pro Jury  2021.
Svetla Turnin

Cinema Politica

Svetla Turnin is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Cinema Politica, a Canadian-based exhibition and distribution network for political documentary around the world, and the online streaming platform CP On Demand. In 2016 she co-founded Cinema Politica Productions, which is dedicated to supporting the work of emerging women and queer filmmakers, and is currently producing Agent Dynamo by Bulgarian-Canadian director Lea Marinova. Svetla has curated the documentary competition at Sofia International Film Festival since 2016. She has published about documentary activism, women in documentary, and film festivals, sat on numerous juries and given workshops about documentary around the world. She is a graduate of EURODOC 2018.


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© Susann Jehnichen
Awards in the DOK Co-Pro Market 2021

Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director

Along with 5,000 €

Current Time TV Award

Along with 1,500 €

The EWA Diverse Voices Award

Along with 1,000 € 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

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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