DOK Co-Pro Market receives record number of submissions< >
New project by Heddy Honigmann among selection | Live blogging by internationally renowned online community The D-Word for the first time
35 film projects have been selected for the 13th DOK Co-Pro Market and they will all have the chance to find international co-production and financing partners at the beginning of the festival in Leipzig. Some 350 projects were submitted for the DOK Co-Pro Market, around 100 more than last year, taking the number of submitted film projects to a new record high. During the DOK Co-Pro Market on 30th and 31st October, for the first time there will be live blogging by The D-Word, the leading online community for the international documentary film industry.
Among the selected projects is “100UP”, the latest work by renowned Dutch director Heddy Honigmann, which is produced by Dutch Mountain Film. This year there will be a particular focus on the Benelux countries, represented by five different projects. Films from Afghanistan, the Philippines and South Africa also feature among the selection, as well as two regionally produced films. Simone Baumann of Saxonia Entertainment is one of the producers of the new project by Alexander Rastorguev (“The Term”, 2014), while Grit Wißkirchen, a freelance producer from Grimma (Saxony), is involved with the new animated documentary film by Israeli director Yulie Cohen (“My Terrorist”, 2002). In addition, the VR project “Fugue VR” by French director Michel Reilhac, produced by Pierre Cattan (Small Bang), will be pursuing co-financing in Leipzig.
The final selection of this year's participants was done with the kind help of Melanie Andernach (Made in Germany Filmproduktion, Germany), Ryan Harrington (Hot Docs, Canada) and Vesna Cudic (Met Film Sales, UK).
On 30th and 31st October around 800 individual meetings will take place, bringing together producers and potential partners, among them international financiers and co-producers such as ARTE, Tribeca Film Institute, Al Jazeera and HBO.
“We were totally overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of submissions this year and we look forward to welcoming the 35 teams in Leipzig”, says head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea, adding: “Make no mistake, the conditions for the financing of creative, feature-length documentaries stands in one of its most difficult positions in recent years, although we see no slowing of the creativity of storytelling and production. We hope DOK Co-Pro Market will offer filmmakers unique opportunities to find new partners and ways of co-financing films in our uniquely cosy atmosphere. We will continue to be a market specifically aimed at building a network of internationally engaged creative producers, who we believe form the backbone of the industry.”
For the first time, a grant for travel expenses was awarded to one of the participating female directors. Sponsored by Zonta Club Leipzig Elster e.V., which supports women in their careers, the grant went to South Korean filmmaker Sinae Ha, who will take part in the DOK Co-Pro Market with her film “The Primate Citizen” and have the chance to benefit from the festival's networking opportunities. For the second time, a prize for the best female-driven documentary film project will be awarded at the end of the Co-Pro Market. The prize will be awarded in cooperation with EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network. EWA supports women working in the audiovisual sector in order to establish gender equality in the field. The patron of the prize is Dr Eva-Maria Stange, Saxony’s State Minister for Science and the Arts.
You can find all projects selected for the 13th DOK Co Pro Market here: http://www.dok-leipzig.de/en/industry/co-pro-market/co-pro-projects-2017
You can find DOK Co-Pro Market graphics and logos here: http://www.dok-leipzig.de/en/dok/presse/download