DOK Co-Pro Market

DOK Co-Pro Market

Welcome to the 16th DOK Co-Pro Market!

Due to the ongoing public health crisis COVID-19 and its impact on the audiovisual industry, the DOK Industry Programme will be an online offering in 2020. This includes the DOK Co-Pro Market, for which we are delighted to launch a call for projects. Feature-length documentaries, interactive works and series that contain creative documentary elements are welcome to submit.

35 projects in development or early stages of production will meet online on 26 & 27 October 2020 to meet potential co-producers, co-financiers, broadcasters, funds, distributors and sales representatives. The goal is to expand networks, create fruitful opportunities to finance new creative documentaries and face the radical challenges that have presented themselves this year head on.

DOK Co-Pro Market Coordinator

Ulrike Schmidt

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

Selection process begins for the DOK Co-Pro Market 2020

Over 300 projects were submitted to participate in the online DOK Co-Pro Market. Interestingly it is a similar amount of project submissions as in past years, before the COVID-19 crisis affected the film industry heavily in regards to production opportunities and distribution options.

For the selection of the final 35 projects participating in the DOK Co-Pro Market in October, the DOK Industry team receives support from two experienced documentary professionals - the producer and industry programmer Selin Murat (Parabola Films & RIDM, Canada) and producer Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Films, Germany). August is the month of intensive project evaluation for the selection committee, before they make the final decisions in early September. We will announce the 2020 project selection in mid-September here on our website.

“We want to thank all submitters who again trusted us with their creative documentary projects in a year, where nothing is normal but we all find ourselves in a disrupted and changing world. Together with the Co-Pro selection committee we are taking the next weeks to decide, for which projects we can be the best support with our platform and network.”

Ulrike Schmidt
DOK Co-Pro Market Coordinator
Collage of portrait pictures of Selin Murat (left) and Alex Tondowski (right)
Meet the Co-Pro Selection Committee

Selin Murat

Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM) & Parabola Films, Canada

Residing between Montreal and Istanbul, Selin Murat has collaborated with the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM) as film programmer since 2016 and head programmer of its industry forum since 2018. Co-founder of production company Parabola Films in Montreal in 2010, she has vast experience working in the independent documentary industry in Canada and internationally, creatively producing multiple award-winning feature-length films for broadcast, festivals, and theatrical releases.


Alex Tondowski

Tondowski Films, Germany

Alex Tondowski started out as a stage actor in the 1980’s in Paris, London, and New York. He then continued his career as a screen actor in Los Angeles. In 2004 he moved to Berlin and started producing with his wife Ira. Tondowski Films now has offices in Berlin, Leipzig and Bonn Germany.

The company’s productions have won major prizes, among them the German Lola 2020 for Born in Evin and the IDFA VPRO Award in 2013 for Song From the Forest. Tondowski Films is present at major pitches, festivals and markets globally. Over the past 6 years they have built a solid network of partners around the world.

Details at a glance:
  • More than 175 professionals participate in the DOK Co-Pro Market, including 85+ international decision makers
  • The programme takes place as an online edition on 26 & 27 October 2020
  • Producers without projects also attend the DOK Co-Pro Market looking for new projects for their slates
  • We have no geographic quotas or restrictions: projects from all over the world are invited to apply
  • Round tables, digital hangouts, side programming will all still be part of our first streamlined, efficient online edition
DOK Industry Programme is co-funded and supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
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