The DOK Co-Pro Market 2019: A Plethora of Perspectives and Visual Languages< >
This year the 15th DOK Co-Pro Market once again provides the opportunity for international film projects still in development to find co-production and financing partners. Some 309 projects were submitted, 35 of which have now been selected for the platform. They come from 40 countries.
“For the last years we've put the priority on looking for and engaging with filmmakers not to fill diversity quotas, but more because our curiosity drives us to crave different perspectives and voices. We choose to work with professionals whose points of view challenge the status quo,” says Brigid O’Shea, head of DOK Industry. “Without exaggeration, the overall quality of the 309 submissions for the DOK Co-Pro Market was incredibly high this year, and we had tough decisions to make.”
The selected film projects present a great variety of visual languages, narrative perspectives and thematic approaches. These include film projects that deal with the realities of living in a diaspora or accompany people who, due to current social or political upheavals, have had to shift their centre of life Other directors provide intimate insights into personal family stories.
Ukrainian producer and programmer Darya Bassel (Docudays UA) and Jamila Wenske, managing director of the production company Achtung Panda!, are jointly responsible for the project selection.
On the first two festival days, 28 and 29 October 2019, around 900 individual meetings will take place at the DOK Co-Pro Market, where producers will encounter potential partners. These include international financiers and co-producers from broadcasters ARD, SVT, SRF, ORF, ARTE France and RAI. New partners such as Mubi, Vice, Ryot Films and other representatives of leading online platforms will also be taking part.
“We hope to delight decision makers with wonderful new creative documentary projects. But of equal importance is building the network – to collect a reflective, enthusiastic group of people who attend the market with the intention of finding innovative ways to work together and ensure that projects with challenging points of view and artistic styles can be completed,” says Brigid O’Shea.
Four prizes will be awarded as part of the DOK Co-Pro Market.
New this year is a prize from the Saxon State Minister for the Arts, which is awarded to an outstanding documentary film project by a woman director. The 5,000 euro prize has been donated by the Saxon Ministry of Science and Art and will be presented at the festival opening on 28 October.
For the second time, the Zonta Club Leipzig Elster, which promotes women in professional life, is sponsoring the Zonta Club Leipzig Elster Female Talent Development Prize, a travel expense scholarship worth up to 1,000 euros. This year the prize goes to South African director and producer Godisamang Khunou, who is participating in the DOK Co-Pro Market with her project "Black Women and Sex,” and will have the opportunity to expand her professional network at the festival.
The European Women's Audiovisual Network is also continuing its partnership with DOK Leipzig. Together with the EWA, the festival is awarding for the first time a development prize worth 1,000 euros to a documentary filmmaker taking part in the Circle Women Doc Accelerator training programme. In addition to the prize money, the filmmaker will also receive mentoring in the further development of her film.
For the second time, the Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize will be awarded to a documentary film project from Eastern or Central Europe. It is endowed with 2,000 US dollars and awarded by DOK Leipzig and the Russian-language channel Current Time TV.
Find the complete DOK Co-Pro Market project selection here.
Images and logos for the DOK Co-Pro Market can be found here.