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 teams! On 25, 26 and 28 October they are meeting potential co-production, financing and distribution partners face to face in Leipzig and online.

In its first ever hybrid edition, the 17th DOK Co-Pro Market features 35 projects from 36 countries and we are excited to welcome each team in Leipzig and virtually. Over two and a half days, the project holders will meet with potential co-producers, co-financiers, broadcasters, distributors and sales representatives in over 850 individual meetings.

Partner delegations are invited to participate in the Co-Pro Market Open Programme, taking place entirely online. The programme consists of informal networking and discussions led by international experts who share their knowledge on the international market and co-production opportunities.

The DOK Co-Pro Market strives to expand networks, create fruitful opportunities to finance new creative documentaries  and to gaze into the documentary crystal ball to see future paths towards sustainability and equality.

We are looking forward to awarding the Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director at the Opening Ceremony of DOK Leipzig. We are very happy about our continued partnership with Current Time TV, who are awarding a project from Central or Eastern Europe with the Current Time TV Award, endowed with 1,500€. And we are proud of the new award by our partner EWA – the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, which highlights a project with a historically marginalised and underrepresented POV, deferring stereotypes, and directed by a woman.



Selected Projects 2021

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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 


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.

DOK Co-Pro Market Coordinator

Ulrike Schmidt

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

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.

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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