New prize for female directors at the DOK Co-Pro Market< >
The Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts will award a 5.000 Euro development prize
Female directors will have the chance to win a new prize at DOK Leipzig, in the form of financial support for the development of their film projects. Together with the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (SMWK), DOK Leipzig will award an outstanding documentary film project selected for the DOK Co-Pro Market, further expanding the festival’s commitment to women in the documentary industry. The Development Prize for the Best Female Director of the Saxon State Minister for the Arts is endowed with 5,000 Euros. The DOK Co-Pro Market is the central event of the DOK Industry Programme and takes place annually on the first two festival days.
The Saxon State Minister for Science and the Arts, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange explains her commitment: "I am delighted to be able to contribute to the targeted support of women in the film industry in 2019 with The Development Prize for the Best Female Director of the Saxon State Minister for the Arts. Thanks to the commitment of DOK Leipzig, last year already half of the festival’s Official Selection were productions by women directors. Films made by women are neither qualitatively better nor worse than their male counterparts, yet in most countries there is still a significant underrepresentation of female filmmakers, that is unjustifiable. Equality and diversity benefit not just those currently underrepresented but our society as a whole."
In recent years, the SMWK has actively supported the festival’s commitment to improving gender equality in documentary film. From 2017 until last year, the State Minister for the Arts Dr. Eva Maria Stange was the patron of the DOK Leipzig and EWA – European Women’s Audiovisual Network Development Prize, the first cash prize awarded at the DOK Co-Pro Market. The generous increase in engagement on the part of SMWK leads to the creation of this new award.
"We are incredibly grateful that our Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts wants to work with us on closing the gender gap, not only because it is urgently needed within the cultural industries, but also more broadly as a human rights issue" says the head of DOK Industry Brigid O'Shea. She continues: ”We are very happy that together with Dr. Stange we can continue to support women documentary filmmakers from all over the world."
The DOK Co-Pro Market will take place for the 15th time this year. International projects in development will have the opportunity to meet co-production and financing partners on 28 and 29 October. The Development Prize for the Best Female Director of the Saxon State Minister for the Arts will be awarded at the festival’s opening ceremony on October 28.
Projects selected for the DOK Co-Pro Market will also be eligible for other prizes including the Current Time TV and DOK Leipzig Development Award for an outstanding documentary film project from Central and Eastern Europe. The Zonta Club Leipzig-Elster again supports a talent development prize for female directors in the form of a travel bursary, allowing female documentary filmmakers to expand their network at DOK Leipzig. Continuing the strong partnership with EWA - European Women's Audiovisual Network, for the first time a new prize endowed with 1,000 Euros will go to a filmmaker participating in the training program Circle Women Doc Accelerator. In addition to the prize money, the filmmaker will also receive mentoring from DOK Leipzig and EWA members.
Under the direction of Leena Pasanen, the team at DOK Leipzig has taken a strong commitment to improving gender equality not only in the production landscape but also in distribution of finished films. 2019 will be the second year a quota for female directors has been integrated in the festival’s national Competition. DOK Leipzig will take place from 28 October to 3 November.
Filmmakers and producers are welcome to submit documentary film projects for the DOK Co-Pro Market until August 1st.
Festival impressions and logos can be found here: http://www.dok-leipzig.de/de/dok/presse/download