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For the first time a prize will be awarded at the DOK Co-Pro Market
DOK Leipzig is taking practical steps to boost the position of women in the film industry. Together with the European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA), for the first time DOK Leipzig is awarding a prize at its international co-production meeting, the DOK Co-Pro Market. The award will go to the best female-driven film project and includes both financial support and a year of mentoring from festival director Leena Pasanen and head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea as the project moves into further development. This is also the first DOK Leipzig prize to place women's filmmaking center stage.
According to Brigid O'Shea, the reason for this extra support is the enduring shortfall in representation of films made by women, which also makes itself felt at DOK Leipzig. "We are lucky to receive project submissions from a 50/50 split of male and female directors at the Co-Pro Market. However, we’ve noticed that the number of completed feature-length films for the festival competitions has been more in favor of males." Which is why Brigid O’Shea welcomes this initiative: "We feel honored to collaborate with EWA in order to make a concrete intervention in the career of a female filmmaker and act as her ambassador globally."
The award brings with it continued support of the selected film project. The makers of the prizewinning project will also be invited to DOK Leipzig the year after being awarded the prize. This will give them the opportunity to take advantage of the festival's networking possibilities and even submit their film to DOK Leipzig should it be completed.
This year's DOK Co-Pro Market will take place at the beginning of the festival week, from October 31st to November 1st. Each year DOK Leipzig selects 35 film projects looking for co-financing on an international platform to participate in the Co-Pro Market. The prize for the best female-driven film project will be awarded during the festival.