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 Co-Pro Market 2022 features 33 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.



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.


Project Selection 2022


Awards presented at the 2022 edition are: 

Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director 
(along with 5,000 EUR)

Current Time TV Award
(along with 1,500 EUR) 

The EWA Diverse Voices Award
(along with 1,000 euros and a year-long mentorship by DOK Leipzig) 

Unifrance Doc Award
(along with subtitling services sponsored by TitraFilm and a Unifrance membership for its French producer)

DOK Leipzig Logo

The Co-Pro Jury decides on the Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director as well as the Unifrance Doc Award.

Portrait Sarah Anderson
Portrait Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson
Chicken & Egg Pictures

As Director of Operations & Innovation, Sarah Anderson oversees the strategy and achievement of goals for organizational effectiveness, financial performance, and talent development. Since 2014, she has overseen and implemented a range of projects at Chicken & Egg Pictures, including the development of the last two strategic plans. Previously, Sarah worked for the human rights organization International Center for Transitional Justice, where she managed the Program Office and non-fiction media initiative Pivot Pictures.

Vesna Cudic
Vesna Cudic
Vesna Cudic
Sky Studios

Vesna Cudic is the Head of Documentary Partnerships at Sky Studios, the production arm of the largest Premium Pay TV network in Europe. Vesna is tasked with developing relationships with leading filmmakers from across the globe to produce feature documentaries and series for Sky Group. Prior to Sky, Vesna set up and run MetFilm Sales, repping Sundance winner “The Reason I Jump” and executive producing 10 docs including Emmy nominated “Misha and the Wolves, Last Breath” and double BAFTA winner “Capturing Lee Miller”. Vesna produced the Gaudi-winning and Goya/Rose d’Or/RTS/Broadcast nominated “The Return: Life After Isis”, and launched Sheffield ’22 Winner “A Bunch of Amateurs”.

Portrait Babette Dieu
Portrait Babette Dieu
Babette Dieu
European Film Market – EFM

Babette Dieu holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology. She has been working in film festivals and markets since 2016. She has had the chance to be part of the teams of Doclisboa (Portugal), FIFF (Belgium), DOK Leipzig (Germany), Marché du Film – Cannes Docs (France) and is currently coordinating the Toolbox Programmes at the European Film Market (Germany). She works and collaborated as a programmer in different film festivals: FIDÉ (France), Montreal Feminist Film Festival (Canada), Festival En Ville (Belgium) and Festival du Cinéma Allemand de Paris (France).

DOK Co-Pro Market Coordinator

Ulrike Schmidt

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

Meet the 2022 Selection Committee
Portrait of Anna Berthollet.
Portrait of Anna Berthollet.
Anna Berthollet

After obtaining her Master’s degree in Media and Marketing Sciences from the University of Geneva, Anna worked for several years in the banking sector, mainly as a project leader. In 2013 she undertook a career shift willing to invest her skills and knowledge into documentary producing. She graduated successfully from École Documentaire de Lussas in France and attended several European workshops for producers and filmmakers. Since 2015 documentary sales and distribution snapped her for the better and she now oversees all activities at Lightdox, with special care for Theatrical, TV and Festivals sales, and Impact Distribution.

Portrait Heejung Oh
Portrait Heejung Oh
Heejung Oh
Seesaw Pictures
South Korea

Heejung Oh is the founder/producer at Seesaw Pictures, a boutique production and sales company in Seoul with a slate of award-winning films. She has produced documentary and fiction films that have strong records both in theatrical release and international festivals such as Berlinale, IDFA, CPH:DOX, and many more. She is working with young and established filmmakers with artistic visions and powerful questions. She is specialised in international co-production and an alumna of Eurodoc, Rotterdam Lab, and Berlinale Talents.

Portrait Derren Lawford
Portrait Derren Lawford
Derren Lawford
DARE Pictures
United Kingdom

Derren Lawford is the founder and CEO of DARE Pictures, a transnational studio launched in January 2022, dedicated to creating premium, inclusive and impactful content. During a career spanning over 25 years Derren has helped to launch two UK TV channels, two production divisions and the first Black national radio station in the UK and was part of the team behind the BAFTA award-winning film, The Black Cop. Prior to DARE Pictures, he was Creative Director at Woodcut Media, where he played a pivotal role in the creation of over 300 hours of TV and executive produced a trio of documentaries that sold to Netflix – the BFI funded feature documentary Generation Revolution, as well as Mandela, My Dad and Me, and Cut From A Different Cloth, both co-produced with Idris Elba. Over the past 5 years he has also independently helped develop and mentor 20 plus feature documentaries worldwide, including most recently Reporter/Refugee winner of the 10th ARD Documentary film competition in 2021.

Derren entered the industry as a trained journalist before helping to launch youth TV channel, and then joining the BBC where he worked for over 10 years. There he helped to launch radio station 1Xtra, SVOD service BBC Global iPlayer, secured a number of BBC Three documentary commissions. He subsequently became the first Multiplatform Editor for BBC One’s Panorama and the Multiplatform Executive Producer for the award-winning BBC Three series Our War. In addition to his role at DARE Pictures, Derren is a Trustee for Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Black Cultural Archives, and a mentor for international feature documentary filmmakers as part of the Documentary Campus Masterschool programme.

Project Archive

Want to discover the documentary projects that have been part of the Co-Pro Market in 2020 and 2021? 

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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