• SCHEDULE 2022

    Monday, May 9, 2022, 6 p.m. German documentaries representatives Sabine Pollmeier and Björn Jensen in an online meeting gave an overview of ...

    Monday, May 9, 2022, 6 p.m. German documentaries representatives Sabine Pollmeier and Björn Jensen in an online meeting gave an overview of all events in the coming months in an online event. Download the used PowerPointFiles - German only - here. Due COVID—19 pandemie sadly it was not possible to meet face to face, anyway German authors and producers continue(d) producing documentaries. Check out the new edition of the catalogue and meet them in online markets and festivals throughout the year. German producers get further informations 'zur Unterstützung bei internationealen Festivals & Märkten'  in German here .


     


      



     


     



    European Film Market @ 73 BERLINALE, Februar 16—26, 2023
    The 73nd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 16 to 20, 2023 as an in-person event.
    The new edition of the german documentaries catalogue can be downloaded here.
    68 BERLINALE 2018 | 69 BERLINALE 2019 | 70 BERLINALE 2020 | 71 BERLINALE 2021 | 72 BERLINALE 2022


     


     



    HKTDC Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) will return online from 14 to 17 March 2022. Registration is now open for exhibitors and buyers. The latest edition of FILMART Online 2021 showcased over 2,200 film and TV productions and brought together close to 8,000 participants from 81 countries and regions in the 4-day marketplace, some 2,600 online business-matching meetings were arranged for networking and business discussions. 
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen 
    More informations ___ German only ____


     


     



    CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, March 23 — April 3, 2022 is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world.
    • September 1, 2021 for films completed before that date.
    • December 1, 2021 for films completed after September 1.
    all submitted films will be notified by mid-February 2022
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen  
    More information — German only
    __ Report2021 by Björn Jensen German only __
    __ Report2022 by Björn Jensen German only __
    __ CPH:DOX2022___CPH:DOX2021___CPH:D2OX2020___CPH:DOX2019___


     


     



    iREP International Documentary Film Festival, (Lagos, Nigeria)
    The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de


     


     



    MIPTV | MIPDOC   April 04—06, 2022, Cannes, France
    The two largest and most important markets for the distribution of films take place in Cannes every year in spring.
    Björn Jensen, Representative german documentaries
    More information – for submission German only
    Report of MIPTV2021Report of MIPTV2022 • von Björn Jensen.


     


     



    Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon, April 7-17, 2022
    Visions du Réel is one of the only Swiss film festivals to present a majority of its films as world or international premieres. The Festival also has a film market with Industry activities, one of the most important in Europe and it may invite films that have not been selected for the official programme to be entered in the Visions du Réel Media Library to be viewed by buyers and professionals. 
    From April 10–14, 2022 VdR–Industry will take place in Nyon, Switzerland. Pursuing our commitment to being one of the key places for meetings and exchanges within the creative documentaries industry.


     


     



    Hot Docs Toronto,  April 28 - May 8, 2022, Toronto, Canada
    The 29th edition Hot Docs Festival will screen films in cinemas across Toronto in accordance with public safety protocols, as well as offering selection of Festival films online on Hot Docs at Home to audiences across Canada. Hot Docs Industry LIVE: a selected number of passes have been reserved until April 10 for members of the German delegation, participating the festival with a dozen german documentaries.
    This year again, there wil be a German delegation - more information —German only—.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen  
    REPORT of HotDocs22 by Björn Jensen __German only__
    REPORT of HotDocs21 by Björn Jensen __German only__

    NEWS of ___HotDocs22___HotDocs21_____HotDocs20_____HotDocs19___


     



    CoPro 24 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market May 31 — June 03, 2022 in Tel Aviv _
    CoPro24 Israel is running shorter as usual, so foreign filmmakers are not able to pitch their projects. BUT we have been able to arrange, that four filmmakers of the German delegation will be able to present their projects, followed by a happy hour hosted by German Documentaries | German Films. In addition, the participants of the German delegation will be able to attend the round tables, the social events, and pitches.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    Further information____  German only  _____
    Report CoPro22 2021
    Report_CoPro21_2019 
    german documentaries NEWS 2018— CoPro20. >


     


     



    29 Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival, June 23—28, 2022 is open now for entries from around the world that wish to be considered for launching or premiering as part the Sheffield Doc|Fest 2022 official selection, within either our film programme or our arts programme. We are planning a Networking Event.
    More information __ German only __

    Keep updated by visiting the website of the festival.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    Report german documentaries on _Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019
    NEWS on Sheffield Doc|Fest 2021 .


     



    MIPChina, June 28 - July 11, 2022 online only for foreigners
    Where the Global and Chinese Content meet. The most efficient way to business networking in Asia. Started in 2017 by the organisers of world’s global TV Content Markets MIPTV and MIPCOM, MIP China Partnership Forum is your mid-year opportunity to discover, buy, sell, finance or produce content in Asia. 
    Contact: Marc Wessel: wessel@runze-casper.de
    More information ___German only___


     


     



    ECRANS NOIRS . The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de


     


     



    33 Sunny Side of the Doc, June 20—23, 2022
    Submit your project to Sunny Side of the Doc’s pitching sessions and join one of the most impactful markets for documentary storytelling in La Rochelle from 20 to 23 June 2022.
    Pitch Deadline was April 7, 2022, six projects with German participation have been selected. 
    More information —German only
    The final report of
    2021 - German only - here .
    • 2019 here and ____2019 Germany COUNTRY in FOCUS___


     


     



    MIPCOM,  October 17—20, 2022 Cannes, Frankreich, [Hybrid Event]
    We are attending with the german documanetries booth R7. K17 in the 'german pavilion', organized by Marc Wessel | Runze+Casper in bright daylight, right in the middle of the event.
    For more information please download our  MIPCOM 2021 INFO4 _ German only _
    Report MIPCOM 2020 by Björn Jensen
    Report MIPCOM 2021 By Björn Jensen
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen,


     


     



    23 MEDIMED, Sitges, October 13 – 16
    MEDIMED focuses mainly on Euro-Mediterranean creative projects, with documentary producers and directors developing their own creative projects. The participation of both (director and producer) at the Workshop and Pitching Forum is highly recommended. All professionals involved in the documentary industry are very welcome to register, whether as an independent producer with a project, a commissioning editor, financier, distributor, sales agent, digital platform, or fund. It is also possible for producers to register for attendance as an observer. The knowledge of English is a condition.
    Submission for projects starts May and ends June 30, 2022
    Accreditation deadline September 15, 2022
    German representative Björn Jensen jensen@gingerfoot.de
    More Information __German only___


     


     


     




    5th IDF West Lake Int. Documentary Festival, Hanzhou - China, October 22—25, 2021
    IDF is an International Doc Festival organized by the China Academey of Arts. It takes place in Hanzhou, one of the allegedly most beautiful cities in China, about 1.5 hours by express train from Shanghai. It has a competition program (D20), a forum, a pitching event and a training program (IDF Academy). Strong focus on films with Chinese reference. The festival is open to all lengths and genres, including Doc series.
    More information ___German only___
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen


     


     



    Gold Panda Sichuan International TV Festival, November 16—18 in Sichuan, China
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only


     


     


     

    Asian Side of the Doc, will not take place 2021.
    The Asian branch of the Sunny Side of the Doc Events. The Sunny Side Events belong to the most effective markets for international projects in the financing phase. With intensive networking opportunities, a pitching forum and sales booths for finished films. German Documentaries will be represented there with its own booth, where participating companies can hold meetings and display press material. We also organize a networking event. Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen


     


     



    35 IDFA / Forum Amsterdam, November 9—20, 2022, Amsterdam, Niederlande.
    Submissions are now open for IDFA 2022! For all important information and deadlines, read the overview below. The 35th edition of the festival takes place November 9–20, 2022.
    Submission deadlines:
    • May 5, 2022 – early deadline for films _
    • June 28, 2022 – for all performances and interactive/immersive new media projects _
    • July 14, 2022 – final deadline for films _
    ___submission___
    Representative german documentaries: Cay Wesnigk
    ___34 IDFA 2021___33 IDFA 2020___32 IDFA 2019___


     


     



    World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, November 30 -December 2, 2021,
    Congress'21 will take place November 30 — December 2, 2021 as a hybrid event with online sessions and live networking events. More information on this year’s format will be announced when registration opens in late July. German Documentaries is planning to participate with a delegation at the CONGRESS'21, which is to take place in Strasbourg at the end of the year. Calls will follow as soon as the modalities with the WCSFP have been clarified.

    The Emerging Producers Bursary Program offers up-and-coming producers and content creators working in science, history, wildlife and non-fiction media a range of support including accreditation and networking opportunities for Congress '21, presented by the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP). 
    Applications are open with a final deadline of September 3, 2021.

    The Buzzies celebrate excellence in science and factual storytelling, and recognize short-form, long-form and multiplatform science, history and natural history projects, as well as awarding projects for innovation and impact. At the 2021 event, 14 winners will be announced and each will receive a signature awards statue and a free registration to a future Congress (valid for three years).
    Submissions are open with a deadline of September 10, 2021.


    WCSFP is the very meeting place for 'Science and Factual' producers and broadcasters. Next to the SUNNY SIDE our most visited international event. It offers networking events, round-table talks and above all an excellent program with panels and workshops. It is held in a different country every year.
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen.
    Further informations — INFO 7  — German only
    Report of 2019 — German only.
    Report of 2021 — German only.


     


     



    Is not included any more in our list of activities:   The focus of the festival has been shifted to China, the International Producers Day has been abolished, and the number of international participants has been continuously. That's the reason why, German Films & AG DOK / German Documentaries have no longer offered to organize a delegation to GZDOC. More information  —German only—.




  • 75 FESTIVAL DE CANNES May 17–28, 2022

        with two German documentaries in the SPECIAL SCREENINGS section: MARIUPOLIS 2 by Mantas Kvedaravicius, Hanna Bilobrova, 112min, WS: The ...

     



     


    with two German documentaries in the SPECIAL SCREENINGS section:



     


    The films of NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2022 presented at the Festival de Cannes include two documentary productions:



     


     


    GERMAN PAVILLON at the international filmmarket Marché du Film with FOCUS GERMANY at Village International, Festival de Cannes where accredited visitors  have the opportunity to make contacts, make appointments or get advice on the German film industry. Focus Germany provides filmmakers with all the important information about the film financing structures in Germany and on the various funding and production opportunities in Germany. Focus Germany establishes all the important contacts to the industry and service providers, ranging from location scouting through to postproduction. Moreover, Focus Germany supports the German film industry in its presence at the major international film festivals, the Berlinale and the Festival de Cannes.


     


     


     


     


     

  • DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS – German Film Award 2022

            The three nominees Best Documentary are: • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER • WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAY AND WHAT DISAPPEAR • WHO ...

     




     


     


     


    The three nominees Best Documentary are:
    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER
    WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAY AND WHAT DISAPPEAR
    WHO OWNS MY VILLAGE 
    ...and nominated for best Sound Design is a.o. INSIDE THE UFFIZI .



     


    and one of the nominees Best Sound Design are – Andreas Hildebrandt, Filipp Forberg, Matthias Lempert – for the documentary



     


     



    ||| Award Ceremony June 24 |||


     


     


     


     A total number of 17 german documentaries have been shortlisted —VORAUSWAHL— for DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS 2022. The nominees have been announced May 12, 2022.


     


     


    shortlisted #lola22 Deutscher Filmpreis Dokumentarfilm are:




     


      


       German Film Award | LOLA 2022
       • German Film Award | LOLA 2021
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2020
       • German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2019
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2018

  • German Documentary Award 2022

         GERMAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD Award Ceremony at SWR Documentary Festival, June 24, 2022.  The Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 goes ...

     


     




    Award Ceremony at SWR Documentary Festival, June 24, 2022. 


    The Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 goes to Werner Herzogone of the most important 
    CEO of SWR, Prof. Dr. Kai Gniffke: "Werner Herzog is a great personality whose work inspires and inspires generations of filmmakers. For almost six decades now, he has taken his camera into parts of our world where no other director has dared to go, to tell stories in a way that no one else even considered. His films impressively demonstrate why Werner Herzog is regarded as one of the boldest and most visionary filmmakers of our time - a director whom both Milos Forman and Francois Truffaut described as 'the greatest living filmmaker'. On behalf of the SWR Doku Festival, I would like to congratulate Werner Herzog on receiving the Honorary Award of the German Documentary Award."


    Out of 100 submissions an independent jury nominated twelve documentary the German Documentary Award as well as three documentaries for original score in a German documentary production.
     


    The nominees are:



     


  • 29 Hot Docs, April 28 – May 8, 2022

      with 226 films from 63 countries across 15 programs – including a dozen german documentaries – in cinemas across Toronto as well as online ...

     



    with 226 films from 63 countries across 15 programs – including a dozen german documentaries – in cinemas across Toronto as well as online to audiences across Canada. The three awarded german documentaries are:



    • Best Mid-Length Documentary Award: REWIND & PLAY by Alain Gomis, 65min [artscapes]
      "The jury was impressed by the innovative use of archival, the rigorous cutting, and the relentless quest for intimacy with a subject on the brink of alienation."
      Sponsored by British Pathé, the award includes a $3,000 cash prize.

    • Audience Award International Spectrum: WHO WE WILL HAVE BEEN by Erec Brehmer, 81min [international spectrum]

    • Don Haig Award for Producer Mila Aung-Thwin with MIDWIVES by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing, 91min [special presentation] The award is given to an outstanding independent Canadian producer with a film in the Festival in recognition of his/her creative vision, entrepreneurship and track record for nurturing emerging talent and comes with a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation.


    Find out more about the Hot Docs AWARDS information here.


     


     



    LineUp of German productions and co-productions



     


     


     



     


      


    Industry Programs
    Hot Docs helps get film made—from grants for projects in development and production to connecting filmmakers with leading industry experts.



    • Distribution Rendezvous: Pre-arranged, one-on-one online meetings with distributors and sales agents for finished, nearly finished and rough-cut films. Submission close: March 10, 2022

    • Hot Docs Conference & Market: With exceptional professional development, networking, and business opportunities, Hot Docs is perfect for doc professionals at all career levels.

    • 20 Forum projects representing 19 different countries and 26 filmmakers, 14 of whom are women and 15 of whom are BIPOC, will pitch to international decision makers, including GABRIEL by Daniel Carsenty,  P: Nicklas Krüger, Laia Gonzalez, Ingrid Bragemann, CHUNK Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany), Avalia Studios GmbH (Germany), Tantor Films LTDA (Chile), Saboteur Media LLC (USA

    •  and more


    Hot Docs’ LIVE program reshapes the Industry Conference and market into an intensive three-day in-person gathering offering inspiring sessions, connection to colleagues and community, and the serendipitous moments that are only possible live. Plus, attend in-cinema Festival screenings at venues across Toronto, and access all the market content available in Hot Docs’ online hub. 
    More Information —German only—.


     


     


     REPORT by Björn Jensen _____German only_____


     

    single page


    29 Hot Docs 2022
    28 Hot Docs 2021
    27 Hot Docs 2020
    26 Hot Docs 2019
    25 Hot Docs 2018

  • 37 DOK.fest Munich May 4 – 15, 2022 [May 9 – 22 @home]

      • VIKTOR DOK.international Main Competition: TRENCHES by Loup Bureau, France • megaherz Student Award: PUSHING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets ...

     


    • VIKTOR DOK.international Main Competition: TRENCHES by Loup Bureau, France
    • megaherz Student Award: PUSHING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets, Switzerland
    GOETHE INSTITUT Documentary Award: LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD | LOVE, DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH by Cem Kaya, Germany
    • VIKTOR DOK.deutsch: ZUSAMMENLEBEN by Thomas Fürhapter, Austria
    • VIKTOR DOK.horizonte: NO SIMPLE WAY HOME by Akuol de Mabior, Kenya, South Sudan, South Africa
    • FFF-Promotional Award Documentary: HOAMWEH LUNG | HOME SICK LUNGS by Felix Klee, Germany


     


    VIKTOR DOK.international, the main award of 37 DOK.fest Munich goes to the French production TRENCHES by Loup Bureau, who accompanied Ukrainian soldiers fighting Russia-backed separatists in the Donbass. He shows how the soldiers try to lead a reasonably normal everyday life between explosions and enemy attacks. The Berlin based company FILMS BOUTIQUE is in charge of World Sales of the awarded documentary.



    TRECHES by Loup Bureau


     


    From the jury statement: "For weeks, months, years, they have been holed up in their trenches. Loup Bureau accompanies them. This undertaking alone is worthy of a prize. But TRENCHES is also a very beautiful film: without any showmanship, with great respect for his protagonists and using black and white footage that emphasises the timelessness of war, Bureau documents life in the trenches, the shovelling of earth and securing of defences that takes place daily, but also the cooking, the cutting of hair, the talking. The calm that Bureau's images radiate is of course a deceptive one and this is something that we, even as viewers, cannot forget for a second. At any moment there can be another attack. And there is. The urgency of the film has increased immeasurably since its completion in 2021."


     


     


    The Ukrainian director Lesia Kordonets receives the megaherz Student Award for PUSHING BOUNDARIES at the 37 DOK.fest Munich. Editor german documentaries congratulates her and the Swiss producers, AG DOK member Dschoint Ventschr Filmprod.


     



    PUSHING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets


     


     


     All awards and and winners of the 77th DOK.fest München as well as jury statements at one glance.


     


     



     


     


    37 DOK.fest München, May 4 – 15, 2022 in the Munich venues


    and May 9 – 22 May 2022 @home! DOK.fest München is taking place for the first time in a dual format, setting the course for the future of the festival: the 124 films from 55 countries will be shown both in Munich on the cinema screen and at home on the digital screen all over Germany. Meaning that the carefully curated film programme will be accessible to even more viewers this year.


     


    LineUp German productions and co-productions



    The complete program of the 37th edition DOK.fest Munich for download here.



     


     


     


     



    Find the DOK.forum events at 37 DOK.fest Munich here and/or as PDF here


     



    DOK.series Award
    DOK.digital  Award für Neue Erzählformate,
    DOK.archive Award 
    DOK.talent Award vom Haus des Dokumentarfilms 
    DOK.composition Award 
    DOK.edit Award

    Mentoring- und Festivalawards such as DAE Talent Award, Doc Around Europe Award, Nebulae Project Selection Award und Sunny Side of the Doc Award 
    more information here.


     


     




     



     


     


    New Markets, New Players, New Demands
    THE BOOM OF DUCUMENTARIES
    A panel discussion by AG DOK – German Documentary Association


    Hybrid German-speaking event | THURSDAY May 5, 5 p.m. | HFF KINO 1 [map]


    ARD and ZDF are increasingly focusing on non-fictional content in all web channels - fuelled also by the ever-growing streaming competitors. What kind of media and democracy-creating TV world do we want? At what budgets do innovative narrative forms create access to the heterogeneous audience?
    This hybrid event will be held in German. To attend on site, please book a free ticket in advance. To participate online, please log in to your account and register via the event page in order to receive the link.  


    SPEAKERS:



     MODERATION: Valentin Thurn, AG DOK board member, CEO Thurnfilm.


     



     


     


     


     


    Diversity in documentary! But how?
    A collaborative session by AG DOK, Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen and DOK.fest München on questions of diversity in the German documentary film business 


    German-speaking event | SUNDAY May 8, 6 p.m. | HFF KINO 1 [map]


    This panel takes a look closer look on structural deficits in the film industry and possible solutions. How can we achieve diversity behind the camera? Whose perspectives has been (re)presented so far and in what form?


    SPEAKERS:



    MODERATOR: Jochen Hick, director and producer, Galeria Alaska Productions


     


     



    Diversity in documentary! But how?

    Screenshot May 8, 2022

     


     


     


     


     



     


     


     



    Heidi Specogna


     


    Heidi Specogna at DOK.forum
    In Heidi Specogna's on-site masterclass on 9 May at 10.00 a.m., the filmmaker opens the doors to one of the most intimate workplaces during the making of a documentary film: the editing room. The format is dedicated to the practical development of a documentary film between the first phase of rough editing and the final shooting. First montages of sequences and editing sketches form the basis for a working discussion between Heidi Specogna and the film team of #HARRAGA – THOSE WHO BURN.
    To the MASTERCLASS.


    This year DOK.fest München honours the great Swiss filmmaker Heidi Specogna in the HOMMAGE. A filmmaker who focuses on the global south in a special way and is committed to human rights in her films. Six films from four decades of her artistic work are part of the programme. They are Germany/Swiss co-production and four of them are listed in the german documentaries catalogue.



     


     


     


     


     



     


     


     


    RETROSPECTIVE 2022: The Long Shadow of Franco – On Telling the Untold Past


    Franco's legacy – for a long time a culturally untouched, nationwide traume that has become a defining part of Spanish identitiy. Six documentaries from four decades of facing and coping with Franquismo. The programme includes FRANCO ON TRIAL – THE SPANISH NUREMBERG? by Lucia Palacios, Dietmar Post ©2018 The trial became known as the 'Argentine Prosecution', in which a judge from Buenos Aires issued several international arrest warrants against, in part, high-ranking representatives of the Franco dictatorship in 2010. A novelty – due to the 'Pact of Forgetting', all perpetrators have so far remained at large. The film accompanies the efforts to finally bring them to justice.


     


     


     



     


     


    German Documentary Film Music Award 2022 WINNER.


    For the original score to THIS STOLEN COUNTRY OF MINE, Alva Noto aka Carsten Nicolai receives the German Documentary Film Music Award 2022. The film shows the dawn of a new world order: the takeover of an entire country for ruthless economic exploitation. "Alva Noto's music subtly lends intense power to the struggle of a mountain village, sensitively and precisely accentuates the film's disturbing theme – and often brings us closer than we would like", the jury said in its statement. The German Documentary Film Music Award is endowed with 5,000 Euros, donated by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and supported by the Förder- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes.


     


     



     


    German Documentary Film Music Award 2022: THE NOMINEES
    The German Documentary Film Music Award is sponsored by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and endowed with 5,000 Euros.



     



     



     


     


    The VFF Documentary Film Production Award goes to 1001 NIGHTS APART


    The award is sponsored by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH and is endowed with 7,500 Euros. The award is the first in Germany to focus on the work of documentary film producers. In 2022 it will be awarded for the fifth time at DOK.fest München. This year the prize goes to the international co-production 1001 NIGHTS APART. The film was produced by Stefan Tolz and Thomas Riedelsheimer – Filmpunkt GmbH), co-producers are the director Sarvnaz Alambeigi – Rabison Art Production, and the American Louise Rosen. The award ceremony will take place on May 5th at 8:30 p.m. in the Deutsches Theater.



     


    VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2022:
    The process of making a documentary film is particularly difficult to plan and often involves great uncertainty. Yet time and again producers demonstrate great courage and show special creativity and commitment in project development and film financing. With the presentation of the VFF Documentary Film Production Award at DOK.fest München, we honour the passionate commitment and the role of producers in the development of current cinema documentary projects.
    This year's jury was made up of Frank Müller (filmmaker, producer, editor), Anna Schoeppe (Managing Director of HessenFilm und Medien) and Thomas Frickel (author, director, producer).


     VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2022: The Nominees .



    • 1001 NIGHTS APART by Sarvnaz Alambeigi, 80min, Produzent.innen: Stefan Tolz filmpunkt, Sarvnaz Alambeigi, Louise Rosen, Germany/Iran/USA

    • AMONG US WOMEN by Sarah Noa Bozenhardt und Daniel Abate Tilahun, 93min, Produzentin: Sonja Kilbertus – Evolution Film UG, Germany/Ethiopia

    • BERLIN BYTCH LOVE by Heiko Aufdermauer und Johannes Girke, 86min, Produzenten: Heiko Aufdermauer und Johannes Girke, Germany

    • BLACK MAMBAS by Lena Karbe, 81min, Produzent.innen: Lena Karbe und Jan Vasak – Karbe Film GmbH , South Africa/Germany/France

    • DEAR MEMORIES – Eine Reise mit dem Magnum-Fotografen Thomas Hoepker by Nahuel Lopez, 95min, Produzent.innen: Nahuel Lopez, Katrin Renz und Stefan Jäger, Germany/Switzerland

    • KALLE KOSMONAUT by Tine Kugler und Günther Kurth, 98min, Produzent.innen: Tine Kugler und Günther Kurth – KMOTO Medienproduktion GmbH, Germany

    • LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD | LOVE, DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH by Cem Kaya, 96min,
      Produzenten: Florian Schewe – filmfaust GmbH & Stefan Kauertz – Film Five GmbH, Germany

    • VOLKSVERTRETER | VOICE OF THE PEOPLE by Andreas Wilcke, 94min, Produzent: Andreas Wilcke, Germany



     


     


     



     


     


    Documentary Film Prize of the Goethe-Institut
    From 2022 the Goethe-Institut's renowned documentary film award will be presented alternately at DOK.fest München, the DOK Leipzig festival, the Duisburger Filmwoche and the Kasseler Dokfest. The documentary film award of the Goethe-Institut honours an outstanding German documentary film of the current year and is endowed with 2,000 Euros. The Jury 2022: Ameer Masoud, Diana El Jeiroudi, Eva Lautenschlager.


    Nominees for the Documentary Film Prize of the Goethe-Institut



    • ALICE SCHWARZER by Sabine Derflinger, 135 min.

    • ANIMA – DIE KLEIDER MEINES VATERS | ANIMA – MY FATHER'S DRESSES by Uli Decker, 94 min.

    • BERLIN BYTCH LOVE by Heiko Aufdermauer, Johannes Girke, 86 min.

    • DEAR MEMORIES – EINE REISE MIT DEM MAGNUM-FOTOGRAFEN THOMAS HOEPKER by Nahuel Lopez, 98 min.

    • DIE AUTOBAHN – KAMPF UM DIE A 49 by Klaus Stern, Frank Marten Pfeiffer, 86 min.

    • EUROPA PASSAGE by Andrei Schwartz, 90 min.

    • KALLE KOSMONAUT by Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth, 99 min

    • LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD | LOVE, DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH by Cem Kaya, 96min.

    • PORNFLUENCER by Joscha Bongard, 74min

    • SORRY GENOSSE by Vera Brückner, 94min


     


     


     



     


     


    The FFF Talent Award Documentary Film, donated by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, honours local up-and-coming directors at DOK.fest Munich. The award is given across all sections and is endowed with 5,000 Euros. The six nominated films A SOUND OF MY OWN by Rebecca Zehr, BLACK MAMBAS by Lena Karbe, HOAMWEH LUNG by Felix Klee, NACH DEM HAPPY END by Katharina Köster, SORRY GENOSSE | SORRY COMRADE by Vera Brückner, and WOID are online from 09 to 22 May online as well as from 04 to 15 May at the Munich venues during the 37 DOK.fest Munich.


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    AG DOK @ DOK.forum 2022German Event


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    37 DOK.fest Munich 2022
    36 DOK.fest Munich 2021
    35 DOK.fest Munich 2020
    34 DOK.fest Munich 2019
    33 DOK.fest Munich 2018

  • #StandWithUkraine

          WHAT'S AT STAKE IN UKRAINE a Filmmaker's Conversation   —Industry Insights— The EFM Podcast  published March 11, 2022    This podcast ...

     


     


     


    WHAT'S AT STAKE IN UKRAINE a Filmmaker's Conversation


     





     


     This podcast episode is a special edition dedicated to the current invasion of Ukraine. Tamara Tatishvili (Head of Training - MEDICI the Film Funding Journey) is moderating this episode and speaks with Julia Sinkevych (Producer, Ukraine), Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer (Producer, Germany), and Keti Machavariani (Producer/ Director, Georgia). They talk about the fact that the war in Ukraine did not start on 24 February, but eight years ago with the annexation of Crimea. We hear four women and their fear on the one hand and their will to stand up for peace on the other. Film and cinema have enormous power; those have to be used and supported in the right way. Because the misuse for propaganda purposes is a real a danger. In this time more than ever the film industry needs to stand together. Filmmakers have the tools to reach a big audience. The industry should endorse Ukrainian film projects from the past to achieve awareness and gather financial resources to support the fight for freedom in Ukraine.


    Industry Insights – The EFM Podcast is presented by the European Film Market of the Berlinale.


    The podcast is available on all major podcast platforms, e.g. Spotify or Apple Podcasts


     



    UKRAINE FOCUS @ Sheffield DocFest, June 23—28 June, 2022


    Sheffield DocFest in solidarity with Ukraine Password: Palianytsia launch a collaborative documentary programme with Docudays UA, which will launch the British Council and Ukrainian Institute's 'UK/Ukraine Season of Culture'. The focus will launch with the World Premiere of One Day in Ukraine, by media activist and filmmaking collective Babylon'13. This co-created film centres on a single day during the war in Ukraine, March 14 2022.


    The Ukraine focus includes work across the Film programme, Alternate Realities exhibition, Industry programme and Talks & Sessions with:



    • 4 feature documentaries in the Official Selection
      FRAGILE MEMORY by Igor Ivanko, Ukraine, Slovakia
       ONE DAY IN UKRAINE by Volodymyr Tykhyy, Ukraine, Poland
       OUTSIDE by Olha Zhurba, Ukraine, Netherlands, Denmark
       OVERCOMING THE DARKNESS by Kinodopomoga, Ukraine

    • 4 feature documentaries from Docudays UA Official Competition
      Docudays UA is the leading international human rights documentary film festival in Ukraine. Prevented from taking place in Kyiv in March this year, due to the war, Docuday’s presents the four Ukrainian films in its Official Competition selection at Sheffield DocFest:
       INFINITY ACCORDING TO FLORIAN by Oleksiy Radynski
       MOUNTAINS AN HEAVEN IN BETWEEN by Dmytro Hreshko
       PLAI. A MOUNTAIN PATH by Eva Dzhyshyashvili
       PRYVOZ byEva Neymann

    • Docudays curated screening with talk that contextualises Russia’s current military aggression against Ukraine, looking at how Ukrainian documentary filmmakers have experienced and comprehended the years since the Revolution of Dignity (Maidan), follows the screening of two films:
       PEACE & TRANQUILITY by Myro Klochko 
       BONEY PILES by Taras Tomenko

    • VR, art and TikTok works in our Alternate Realities exhibition
      Alternate Realities exhibits and showcases innovative non-fiction and immersive documentary in all forms with a flagship exhibition at Sheffield’s Site Gallery and other works across the city.

    • 5 projects in development selected for our MeetMarket
       INTERCEPTED by Oksana Karpovych, Producers: Giacomo Nudi, Rocío Barba Fuentes, Ukraine/Canada
       IVAN & MARTA A DAY BEFORE THE WAR by Sergey Bukovsky, Producer: Oksana Ivaniouk, Ukraine
       SHUT THE FUCK UP! by Taisiia Kutuzova, Producers: Stephane Siohan, Olga Beskhmelnytsina, Ukraine/France
       UP IN THE AIR by Oksana Syhareva, Producers: Oksana Syhareva, Nataliia Pogudina, Karla Stojakova, Ukraine/CzechRepublic

    • 3 projects in Works-in-Progress in partnership with Ukrainian Institute
       EXPEDITION 49 by Alisa Kovalenko, Producers: Stephane Siohan, Valery Kalmykov, Tomek Morawski, Ukraine/France/Poland
       FRAGMENTS OF ICE by Maria Stoianova, Producers: Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Ukraine
       IRON BUTTERFLIES by Roman Liubiy, Ukraine/Germany/France


    This comprehensive programme is an expression of solidarity with Ukraine. It provides a powerful encounter with contemporary Ukrainian life – including the horrific reality of this war. It creates a space in which Ukrainian filmmakers and artists can continue to have their work seen, develop new projects, and keep Ukrainian culture alive.


     


     



    MARIUPOLIS 2 by Mantas Kvedaravicius


    Sadly, the Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius, who directed MARIUPOLIS ©2016, was captured and murdered by the Russian army in Mariupol in early April 2022. His fiancée, Hanna Bilobrova, who was with him at the time, was able to bring back the footage filmed there and edited it with Mantas' editor Dounia Sichov. The film is entitled MARIUPOLIS 2 and premiered May 19 at 75 FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2022
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     Mariupolis 2: footage saved from the ravages of the war in Ukraine written by Tarik Khaldi


     


     


     



     


     


    VIKTOR DOK.international, the main award of 37 DOK.fest Munich goes to the French production TRENCHES by Loup Bureau, who accompanied Ukrainian soldiers fighting Russia-backed separatists in the Donbass. He shows how the soldiers try to lead a reasonably normal everyday life between explosions and enemy attacks. The Berlin based company FILMS BOUTIQUE is in charge of World Sales of the awarded documentary.



    TRENCHES by French director Loup Bureau



     


    VIKTOR DOK.international jury:
    "For weeks, months, years they have been living in their trenches. Loup Bureau accompanied them there. This commitment alone is prize worthy. But TRENCHES is also a beautiful film: without any grandstanding, with a lot of respect for its protagonists and in a black and white that emphasizes the timelessness of war, Bureau documents life in the trenches, the daily shoveling and fastening, but also cooking, cutting hair, talking. The calmness that Bureau's pictures radiate is, of course, a deceptive one, which we – even as viewers – cannot forget for a second. At any time another attack can occur. And it takes place. The urgency of the film has increased immeasurably since its completion in 2021."


     


     


     


     


     



    PUSHING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets, 102min



     


    The Ukrainian director Lesia Kordonets receives the megaherz Student Award for PUSHING BOUNDARIES at the 37 DOK.fest Munich. The documentary follows five Ukrainian athletes preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when suddenly Putin's Russia annexes the Crimea, where the Ukrainian team's new training center is located. But the athletes don't want to give up their dream, continue their work out in other places under the most adverse conditions and, despite everything, try to qualify for the next Paralympic Games.


    Jury: "Lesia's athletes are everyday heroes who suddenly come up against sporting, political and existential limits and yet tirelessly give everything to achieve their goals. In the film, every story is told unobtrusively and at eye level. PUSHING BOUNDARIES, that means pushing boundaries, expanding boundaries. The sensitive editing pushes boundaries as well and shows us that there are no disabled people – only people whith handicap. We learn what it means when we play down wars as 'conflicts'. The documentary is also about addressing uncomfortable truths, which was important to us in our decision, but PUSHING BOUNDARIES is not only an important film in this respect."


    The film was also awarded with Prix Zonta 2021 at Nyon, Visions du Réel, Nyon, Best Directing Documentary –Zürcher Filmpreis 2021, as well as Brave Rebels Award 2022 at Budapest International Documentary Film Festival.


     


     


     



    The Roman Brodmann Prize was awarded for the first time April 28, at the Roman Brodmann Colloquium in Berlin, honoring an outstanding political-investigative documentary film, is endowed with €10,000,  and goes to the Polish/German co–production The Hamlet Syndrome depicting the young Ukrainian generation scarred by war and political breakthroughs.


    THE HAMLET SYNDROME | DAS HAMLET-SYNDROM by Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski, 85min P: BALAPOLIS sp.zo.o., Kundschafter Filmprod, Neue Celluloid Fabrik


     


     



     


     


    In view of Russia’s brutal war of aggression on Ukraine, the 37th DOK.fest München is showing five films that deal with its background: four current films from Ukraine as well as the opening film NAWALNY about Russia’s most important opposition figure Alexei Nawalny, which is running in the international competition.
    Festival directors Daniel Sponsel and Adele Kohout: “The opening film comprehensively outlines that our expectation that stable democratic structures would be established in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet system did not come true. The idea of partnership oriented towards the economy and the market is also proving to be obsolete. The flourishing landscapes in the East are more or less reserved for the oligarchs, and the country under Putin remains trapped in the Soviet Union’s claims to world power. The brutal present follows its long shadow of the past, which we did not want to see for so long. The first casualties of any war are truth and humanity. The films from and about Ukraine in our programme impressively testify to how the weakest members of a society are affected.”


     


     


     



    Online Talk : Ukraine : Filming in resistance.
    THU 14.04 | 16:00-17:30pm | Online only visionsdureel.ch
    Since 24 February, the war in Ukraine has also been conducted through the images that report on it or distort its reality. Visions du Réel wishes to offer a platform to young Ukrainian filmmakers and producers who are currently standing alongside their compatriots under the Russian bombs, to reflect and debate with them on the possibility of resisting the ongoing onslaught with images that document it. 


     



     


     


    ICFR launches "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" in Wake of Ukraine War.


    The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk has set up a special "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Coalition and the Fund have been canvassing for funding and donations as soon as war broke out. In the past days, significant financial contributions have been pledged by Germany's key national and regional film funding bodies (100K EUR), by La Scam*, the Netherlands Film Fund, and by many individual donors.


    The German funds include Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, HessenFilm und Medien, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG - Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MV Filmförderung, nordmedia - Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen.


     


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    The NGO Docudays and Docudays UA festival team has initiated a fund to support Ukrainian filmmakers who are bravely and daringly documenting the events of the war in Ukraine right now: recording war crimes, filming footage for the international media and for their future films which will later give the world a more in-depth perspective on the situation in our country. Darya Bassel, producer and festival representative is one of eight on the board with the German Filmmakers SUPPORT FILMMAKERS UKRAINE, as well as Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer.



     



     



    • MARIUPOLIS by Mantas Kvedaravicius © 2016  Everyday life is defined by bomb threats in Mariupol, a city in the Ukraine, situated to the east of the Crimea and once populated by Greeks. It is a visually powerful homage to a city in crisis, dedicated to its poets and shoemakers. 
      April 3, 2022. While trying to leave Mariupol, the occupiers killed Mantas Kvedaravicius.

    • THIS RAIN WILL NEVER STOP by Alina Gorlova ©2020
      Filmed in striking black-and-white, This Rain Will Never Stop observes the endless cycle of war and peace, in which we meet 20 year-old Andriy Suleyman. Fleeing the Syrian civil war, Andriy and his Kurdish family start a new life in a small town in Eastern Ukraine, only to be caught up in another military conflict. [CPH:DOX]*

    • RODNYE - CLOSE RELATION by Vitaly Mansky ©2015
      Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore Ukrainian society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian family.

    • PIPELINE by Vitaly Mansky ©2013
      Has not only connected but also inextricably merged
      'this' Russia with 'that' Europe.

    • COURAGE by Aliaksei Paluyan @2021
      During the presidential elections in Belarus, three actors from an underground theatre in Minsk are caught up in the wake of mass protests. It draws them onto the open streets of Minsk to protest for freedom of speech and the long-awaited change of power. But the people's voice is brutally crushed by the regime's security apparatus. Members of the theatre group are arrested.

    • COLOURS IN THE SNOW – BELARUSIAN WOMEN IN RESISTANCE by Juliane Tutein ©2021
      Belarus in December 2020. It has become quiet on the streets of Minsk, where just a few months ago thousands of demonstrators were protesting against the outcome of the presidential elections. Lukashenko used all the force he could muster against the demonstrators, and many of the participants are now in prison. In public, only the red-white-red colours symbolizes still that the resistance against the autocratic regime nevertheless continues.

    • ANYA AND SERYOZHA by Ivette Löcker ©2018
      Anya and Seryozha, eighteen and nineteen years old, have been close friends since school. They live in Mariupol, an industrial city in southeastern Ukraine.

    • SCHÖNBORN  by Maxim Melnyk © 2020
      Two villages with the same name: Schönborn. One located in Transcarpathia in Ukraine, the other one in Brandenburg in Germany. They are both struggling to find their identity, almost 30 years after the fall of communism in Germany and the founding of independent Ukraine.

    • SUMMERWAR by Moritz Schulz © 2019
      The war has been going on for five years now, and there are many Ukrainians who want to do something for their country. The right-wing Azov Regiment offers training for citizen militias, partly through summer camps for thousands of children. We follow two of the star candidates.

    • BOY OF WAR by Cyprien Clement-Delmas, Igor Kosenko ©2018
      "Why are you here? Are you mentally sick? Do you want to kill people?“ the Ukrainian military commander asks the 18-year-old recruit Artiom.

    • THE LAST TAPE by Igor Kosenko, Cyprien Clement-Delmas ©2016
      As Artiom prepares to fight for the Ukrainian army Anatoly his 88-year-old grandfather and war veteran records their diminishing time together and questions his choice.

    • LEARNING TO MILK A COW by Juliana Saragosa ©2016
      A 64min experimental documentary about my grandmother's personal experiences of being stolen from her family in Soviet Ukraine and taken to work for German farmers under National Socialism.

    • POSTCARD FROM UKRAINE by Sieva Diamantakos ©2016
      From the suburbs of Donetsk and the separatists camps in Lugansk, to the block posts in Mariupol and Crimea, passing by the still occupied Maidan Square in Kiev, Postcards From Ukraine sheds light on the country’s new generations – their values, their dreams – and the class tensions in the biggest crisis between East and West since the collapse of Soviet Union.

    • LANGES ECHO | LONG ECHO by Veronika Glasunowa, Lukasz Lakomy ©2017
      LONG ECHO – does it refer to the explosion not far from the town? Or to the time when people searched for a new idea for their country? Or is it rather the long echo of Soviet mentality that led to this bloody conflict? The film portrays the town Dobropolye, in Eastern Ukraine – 70 km from the border with the breakaway republics – and some of its people against the backdrop of the war. 

    • KHAN'S FLESH by Georg Kussmann, Krystsina Savutsina ©2021
      ...Like a Dziga Vertov on Lexomil, Krystsina Savutsina’s camera captures a series of gestures, micro non-events and simultaneous rituals, like so many daily choreographies to which the inhabitants of this Belarusian village, from every generation, devote or submit themselves... [Emmanuel Chicon, Visions du Réel] 

    • THE MYTH OF ODESSA by Inga Wolfram ©2017
      Odessa is a city of tradition and recommencement. Even the political dispute between Ukraine and Russia isn’t as present as somewhere else. Odessa is a multicultural microcosm since 225 years.

    • DONBAS DAYS by Philipp Schaeffer © 2021
      A short portrait of a young man, who choses Ukraine as the destination for his year abroad so he can teach juggling to children who have been affected by war. Surrounded by trenches, he confesses that he feels more comfortable here than in Czech Republic because the people are so kind-hearted. With great sensitivity the film shows a search for meaning surrounded by gunfire.


     


     




    • Are there still heroines in Putin’s Russia?
      FAITH HOPE LOVE by Katja Fedulova ©2017
      She finds three young, beautiful women, each fighting for their own vision of what their country should be. Their struggle offers a complex picture of modern Russian – full of dramatic, desperate, absurd and funny moments.

    • WEATHERMAKER by Stanislaw Mucha ©2021
      The loneliest workplace in the world on a weather station on the edge of the Russian polar sea.

    • MOSCOW – ART AND THE CITY by Inga Wolfram ©2020
      We introduce Moscow artists, designers and dancers to shed light on this latest chapter in the city’s art history. Moscow’s cultural scene dazzles these days with its splendid diversity.


     


     



     


     



    • POLISH SOLO – HOW DEMOCRACY IS DISMANTELED by Andrzej Klamt ©2021
      The documentary analyses the new 'Polish Order' in its effects, with a special focus on Poland's conflict with the EU, the systematic dismantling of press freedom and women's rights in the country.


     


     



     



    • ICE OF CHERNOBYL by Maryna Dymshyts ©2019
      Ice of Chernobyl is the treatise on the thrill of the forbidden: entering the restricted zone of a damaged nuclear power plant. 33 years after the disaster.?5 days and nights illegally in the restricted area, in Pripyat and on the Duga-1 antenna.?

    • CHERNOBYL THE INVISIBLE THIEF by Christoph Boekel ©2006
      April 26th 1986. The day a nightmare scenario became horrific reality: the day reactor block 4 of the Chernobyl atomic power station exploded. The early summer heat, insufficient security measures and lack of knowledge and training exposed the emergency workers to extreme risk. One of them was the young artist Dmitrij Gutin. During the last days of his military service he was posted to the highly contaminated 30 km. zone around Chernobyl. He died just short of his 40th birthday, after many painful years of suffering the effects of radiation poisoning.


     


     



    recomended Ukrainian films:



    • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, 74min “War is when some people shoot. And other people shoot the people who shot first. When they start to shoot, mum wakes us up and we go to the corridor. And when they stop, we go back to sleep.” © 2020 [source 70 BERLINALE Generation 14plus, WS: CAT&Docs][CPH:DOX]*

    • A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, 87min, ©2022, Tears turn to soap bubbles and hugs turn to fights in this award-winning film about an orphanage in eastern Ukraine. Eminently observed, and with unforgettable moments of hope.WS: RISE AND SHINE [CPH:DOX]*

    • NOVOROSSIYA by Luca Gennari, Enrico Parenti, 64min, ©2022, takes us into the grey zone of war in Donetsk, where we meet an American communist and foreign fighter in the bitter conflict, alongside a heavy metal band and two elderly women in their eighth year living in a Soviet bunker. Life in the borderlands continues despite the bombings, but the future is as uncertain as ever. P: elliot films, Susanna Trojano [CPH:DOX]*

    • MAIDAN by Sergei Loznitsa, The 2014 Ukrainian uprising depicted as a powerful historical fresco by director Sergei Loznitsa, a maestro of the contemporary and historical chronicle. Ukraine/Netherlands © 2014, 130 min [CPH:DOX]*

    • OUTSIDE by Olha Zhurba, As a 13-year-old boy, he became the poster boy of the Ukrainian revolution. Now Roma is back on the streets with nothing in his pocket but a lighter and a knife. Can he get his life together before it’s too late? Ukraine, Denmark/Netherlands ©2022, 79 min  [CPH:DOX]*

    • THE TREASURES OF CRIMES by Oeke Hoogendijk. A collection of historical artefacts from Ukraine is stranded in a museum in Amsterdam as Russia annexes Crimea. For to whom should they be returned? A deep dilemma turns courtroom drama. Netherlands © 2021, 82 min [CPH:DOX]*


     



     


    [CPH:DOX]*: 'Before the full-scale Russian invasion, Ukraine was sadly underrepresented in Western media. We have selected a number of strong films offering a range of views on life in the independent state whose existence is now threatened by Putin and his army.'


     



     


     [#dokfest2022 _ 37 DOK.fest Munich]


    • A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, 87min, DNK, SWE, FIN, UKR 2022, P: Cinephil, Final Cut for Real,
    • DONBAS DAYS by Philipp Schaeffer, 16min, UKR, DE 2021, streetsfilm.
    • NAWALNY by Daniel Roher, 98min, USA 2022, WS: Dogwoof
    • PUSHIING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets, CH 2021, 102min, P: Dschoint Ventschr
    • TRENCHES by Loup Bureau, FRA 2021, Loup Bureau, 85min, WS: Films Boutique

  • 33 Sunny Side of the Doc, June 20-23, 2022

         #SSD22    This year, 48 projects from 22 countries –including 6 projects with German participation– will be presented across 8 pitching ...

     


     





      


    This year, 48 projects from 22 countries –including 6 projects with German participation– will be presented across 8 pitching sessions split into three major categories, and supported or sponsored by major industry partners. The best projects from each session will be chosen by a jury of international industry experts. And the eight winners will each receive a cash prize of €3,000 from the respective pitch session sponsors. For the official pitch selection click here.
    Follow their global journey through the Observatory Programme available here.



    The 33rd edition of the international marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences will take place from 20 to 23 June 2022 in La Rochelle, Espace Encan, Quai Louis Prunier, 17000 La Rochelle


     



     


     LineUp of selected projects with participation of German producers:



    • SCIENCE OF BATS by Marion Poellmann [Science]
      Produced by: Blue Paw Artists (Germany)
      A mix of nature, science and investigative story, this film follows four teams of researchers as they use cutting-edge science to unravel the mysteries of how bats operate and live across three continents. Stunning wildlife footage and superb animation reveal a new world as seen through a bat’s eyes.

    • WAR BABY by Natasha Cox [Global Issues]
      Produced by: Miss Guided Films (United Kingdom) , DOCDAYS (Germany) and Mongoose Pictures (United Kingdom)
      War Baby is the story of Lejla Damon, a young British woman born on Christmas Day 1992 in besieged Sarajevo. Child of a rape victim of war, this is Lejla’s extraordinary journey as she returns to Bosnia to discover what happened to her birth mother and come face to face with the ghosts that still haunt the women of Bosnia today.

    • TRAVELING WITH TROTSKY by Vincenzo Cavallo [Immersive Experiences]
      Produced by: CULTURAL VIDEO PRODUCTION/THENRBBUS COLLECTIVE and INVR.SPACE (Germany)
      When Trotsky wakes up in the metro of Berlin, 80 years after his death, he realizes that his motherland Ukraine is still struggling against Russians, that his enemy Stalin is dead but that in its place there is another dictator called Putin. The only solution is to reach Lviv to join the resistance.

    • 71% AND RISING by Hendrik S. Schmitt
      Produced by: SEETREE GmbH (Germany)In the decade of the Ocean comes a project that will follow the Ocean’s currents, unravel the problems, show solutions, and connect the dots on a global level. Join us on a life-changing adventure, investigating the biggest Ocean emergencies and identifying (and living) the solutions that can help to restore the health of the Ocean.

    • BLOWING UP AMERICA by Veit Bastian [Arts & Culture]
      Produced by: Heimatfilm GmbH + CO KG (Germany)
      An unlimited budget of millions, an Art House Italian arthouse director, a first time lead actor with a history of psychiatric problems, riots, the Black Panthers, FBI wire taps and a house to explode. What could possibly go wrong? --- Blowing Up America tells the extraordinary true story of director Antonioni and the making of Zabriskie Point.

    • THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS by Michaela Kirst [Nature & Conservation]
      Produced by: sagamedia (Germany)
      The world’s most iconic butterfly migration is under threat of extinction. Yet the human guardians of their sanctuaries are being murdered. Why? In a True Crime of Nature, we find the answers along the incredible 6,000 mile annual odyssey of the Monarch Butterflies, investigating deaths of both man and nature in search of a brighter future.


     


     


    Sadly, there are still a lot of untold stories, and three projects of the history section deal with the very German topics NS-POLITICS | ORAL HISTORY



    • THE FACTORY’S BASEMENT by Gustavo Ribeiro [History]
      Produced by: Grifa Filmes (Brazil)
       During the military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985), a Nazi criminal established a security division inside a Volkswagen plant in São Bernardo do Campo. The company collaborated with the repressive forces to persecute, arrest and torture workers. More than 40 years later, Volkswagen finally admitted its responsibility for human rights violations.

    • LIBERATION DIARIES by Matteo Parisini [History]
      Produced by: Saxonia Entertainment (Italy)
      End of WWII, 3 women from 3 cities — Milan, Paris and Berlin — give us their account of Europe’s turbulent liberation in their diaries. Their personal stories expand the big historical picture and make LIBERATION DIARIES a story of female self-empowerment, resistance, and resilience.

    • SNATCHED FROM THE SOURCE by Maja Weiss [History]
      Produced by: SENCA STUDIO / BELA FILM (Slovenia)
      A documentary about children of the infamous Nazi program Lebensborn, the search for their origins, their alienation, and reconcilement.


     


     


     


     


    Just to remember Germany country in focus, June 2019 at teh 30rd edition of #SSD19.


  • CPH:DOX March 23 – April 3, 2022, Copenhagen

       The F:ACT AWARD goes to BLACK MAMBAS by Lena Karbe. “A seemingly simple story that quietly reveals its complex layers, BLACK MAMBAS touches ...

     



     The F:ACT AWARD goes to
    BLACK MAMBAS by Lena Karbe.


    “A seemingly simple story that quietly reveals its complex layers, BLACK MAMBAS touches upon a multitude of themes, acknowledging but also defying stereotypes. In an ideologically charged landscape we get to experience the struggles and empowerment of young women against the persisting power structures, within the frame of race, family dynamics and the tight grip of colonialism that refuses to let go.
    With brilliant cinematography and an intimate eye for nuance we get to experience what sacrifices it takes for a woman to feed a family– we partake in the dream of becoming a decolonized body. The F:ACT AWARD goes to BLACK MAMBAS by Lena Karbe.”


     


    The NEXT:WAVE AWARD goes to KASH KASH – WITHOUT FEATHERS WE CAN'T LIVE by Lea Najjar.
    “From a tiny anecdote this film expands its cinematic universe and unveils the disillusionment of an entire city – an entire country. From the opening scene’s claustrophobic setting, to the final wide eye of an artificial pigeon, witnessing the place it took flight from. We, the jury, wish to give this year’s Next:Wave Award to a piece of delicate yet vigorous cinema: ‘Kash Kash – Without Feathers We Can’t Live’”


     



     


     



     


     



    • 200 new films. 76 world premieres. 59 competition titles in six international competitions, including 20 German productions and co-productions. CPH:DOX presents a film programme with a diverse selection of films of artistic quality and contemporary relevance. Several films focusing on Ukraine and Russia will be premiering in the festival’s main competition, DOX:AWARD, as well as in other sections.

    • CPH:DOX will be a hybrid festival in 2022. All films will be screened in the movie theatres between March 23 – April 3.

    • In addition, a selection of 50-70 films are additionally invited to be a part of a nation-wide online festival from April 1-10 (geo-blocked to Denmark). The selection of films will be announced on March 30 on doxonline.dk.

    • Accredited international guests will get access to the majority of all films in the festival programme via CPH:MARKET

    • CPH:DOX will be hosting a lot of exciting in-person events in Copenhagen as well as online offers for both the industry and the audience.

    • Ten projects have been selected for INTER:ACTIVE that can be experienced at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and at selected venues around Copenhagen from March 25 – April 3, 2022. The interactive exhibition line-up includes three German productions and co-productions.


     


    LineUp German productions and co-productions



    * The Danish/German co-production INTO THE ICE by Lars Henrik Ostenfeld has been selected as the opening film at this year’s CPH:DOX. It will furthermore compete in the festival’s main competition DOX:AWARD. The world premiere on 21 March 2022 will be held in Copenhagen.


     



     


     


     


     CPH:DOX FOR PROFESSIONALS


     


    In 2022, CPH:DOX’s industry events will take place both physically in Copenhagen and online. These events include financing and co-production event CPH:FORUM, the CPH:CONFERENCE and an INTER:ACTIVE Symposium. The industry programme runs under the banner BUSINESS AS UNUSAL between 28 March and 1 April in 2022.
    CPH:MARKET is a curated on-demand screening platform that reflects CPH:DOX’s commitment to visually and artistically strong documentary films. It offers professionals an access to the extensive line-up of +150 documentary titles selected for CPH:DOX 2022, and features the line-up of the five competitions – DOX:AWARD, NEW:VISION AWARD, F:ACT AWARD, NORDIC:DOX AWARD, and NEXT:WAVE AWARD – as well all special programmes. Primarily targeted to international TV buyers, sales agents, festivals, curators, journalists and distribution companies, the on-demand screening market is open to all accredited professionals. The titles are available from March 23 until 30 days after the festival May 3, 2022.
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  • Visions du Réel Nyon, April 7—17, 2022

            Visions du Réel expresses is joining the international movement of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are fighting for their ...

     


     


     

     


    Visions du Réel expresses is joining the international movement of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are fighting for their freedom. The 2022 official selection notably includes A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS, presented in the GRAND ANGLE  Competition, a film about the fractures caused by the war in Eastern Ukraine. Moreover, the line-up will feature three other films directed and/or produced in Ukraine, such as THE EARTH IS SPINNING by Olena Kyrychenko, 20min in the section OPENING SCENES.


    As a sign of solitarity VdR presets at the end of the festival THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk “War is when some people shoot. And other people shoot the people who shot first. When they start to shoot, mum wakes us up and we go to the corridor. And when they stop, we go back to sleep.” [source 70 BERLINALE Generation 14plus, WS: CAT&Docs]


    Online Talk : Ukraine : Filming in resistance.
    THU 14.04 | 16:00-17:30pm | Online only visionsdureel.ch
    Since 24 February, the war in Ukraine has also been conducted through the images that report on it or distort its reality. Visions du Réel wishes to offer a platform to young Ukrainian filmmakers and producers who are currently standing alongside their compatriots under the Russian bombs, to reflect and debate with them on the possibility of resisting the ongoing onslaught with images that document it.


     


     


    LineUp German productions and co-productions .



    [ The full programme of 53 Vision du Réel you can find here ]


     


     


     



    VdR-Industry April 10-14, 2022


     


    From April 10 to 14, 2022 VdR–Industry will take place in Nyon, Switzerland. The most important activities and project presentations are set for April 10–14. The festival is pursuing its unique on-site format, while keeping the most useful tools from the online experience. The format of the 53rd festival will be even more intimate, based around its core values of conviviality and unique cinematic experience, set among the lake and mountains of Switzerland. Despite a difficult and evolving situation, it is with passion and enthusiasm that the Visions du Réel’s team is preparing the reunion of filmmakers, professionals and their public, in full respect of the measures that will be in place by the Swiss authorities this spring.


    VdR-Industry Projects with German authors, German based authors or producers



    • 5 SEASONS OF REVOLUTION  by Lina, Syria, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Qatar [VdR–Work in Progress]

    • THE MONSTER by Manuel Abramovich, Argentina, Germany [VdR-Pitching]

    • SECRET FRIEND by Maria Ramos, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany [VdR–Work in Progress]

    • KARATARA – PLACE OF DARK SHADOWS by Teboho Edkins, South Africa [VdR–Pitching]

    • find all VdR-Industry projects here


     


    VdR–Film Market is an online platform that offers key industry professionals the opportunity to view a selection of new creative documentaries. stay tuned for the LineUp of German productions and co-productions.


     


     


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  • 19 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg, april 20-24, 2022

          AHOI! War is raging in Ukraine. The dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg is part of an international community of cultural workers, and they are ...

     


     



     


    AHOI!


    War is raging in Ukraine. The dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg is part of an international community of cultural workers, and they are convinced that solidarity and debate in an open society are more than just a symbolic sign against tanks, bombs and a military understanding of politics. Even if there is no alternative to self-defence by the people of Ukraine, the current debates about rearmament are part of the problem and never the solution! In view of the concrete threat to human life posed by this war, this may seem insufficient. Nevertheless: together with the guests and the audience, the team of  dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg would like to make a contribution to continue working for a world without dictatorships, war, exploitation and displacement.
    Most of the filmmakers of the documentaries in the programm will be present at the festival, and in anticipation of an eventful four and a half days of the 19th festival edition, they release you into the depths of the program catalogue with a quote from Lars von Trier: "Be prepared to take the Good with the Evil!"


     


     


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  • 29 Sheffield DocFest June 23—28, 2022

          June 23—28, 2022     The 29th edition of Sheffield DocFest will take place in-person, bringing the documentary community and audiences ...

     


     


     



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    The 29th edition of Sheffield DocFest will take place in-person, bringing the documentary community and audiences back to Sheffield between 23 – 28 June 2022. Information about festival plans will be released over the coming months, and the full programme will be announced in May 2022.
    ...and the german documentaries officials are planning a Networking Event


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  • 72 Berlinale Feb. 10—20, 2022

      The 24th PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD for the best documentary goes to  LOVE DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH by Cem Kaya. The prize is awarded by the Berlinale ...

     


    The 24th PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD for the best documentary goes to  LOVE DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH by Cem Kaya. The prize is awarded by the Berlinale section Panorama together with radioeins and rbb television (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). Cem Kaya’s dense documentary essay celebrates 60 years of Turkish music in Germany. An alternative post-war history that is at the same time a musical Who’s Who – from Yüksel Özkasap to Derdiyoklar and Muhabbet. The Panorama Audience Award has been bestowed since 1999. As of 2011, both the best feature fiction film and the best documentary have been honoured. During the Berlinale, all cinema-goers are invited to rate the films in the Panorama section on a voting card. In total around 8,000 votes were cast and evaluated.


    BERLINALE DOCUMENTARY AWARD Special Mention goes to the German co-production NO U-TURN by Ike Nnaebue produced by Christilla Huillard-Kann, Okechukwu Omeire, Don Edkins, Tiny Mungwe, Teboho Edkins [Nigeria / South Africa / France / Germany]. Congratulation!


    ...and the winner are the members of an anonymous film collective in Myanmar for MYANMAR DIARIES  produced by Corinne van Egeraat. Even close family members of The Myanmar Film Collective do not know, 'they did it'. Congratulations to the members of this anonymous Myanmar film collective, who want neither to give up nor to be forced into the role of victims. This is exactly why this film was made and awarded. It is a document of resistance using the tools of cinema. 


    Berlinale Documentary Award
    For many years now, the Berlin International Film Festival has been committed to the diversity of documentary forms. A distinct award for the best documentary film was launched in 2017.
    The Berlinale Documentary Award is endowed with 40,000 Euros in prize money sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). The prize money is split between the winning film’s director and producer. Approximately 18 current documentary forms from the sections Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award. [GUIDELINES] A three-member jury will pick the winner: Wang Bing (People’s Republic of China), Rana Eid (Lebanon), Susanne Schüle (Germany). More about the Documentary Award Jury.


    All the awards of the Official Juries of the 72th Berlin International Film Festival here.
    Please note: The Prizes of the Independent Juries will be announced on February 17, 2022.


     


     


    The KOMPASS-PERSPEKTIVE-AWARD is awarded to the best film in the current Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme. The award includes 5,000 Euros in prize money and the director is given a trophy in the form of a compass. Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents jointly award the annual Kompagnon-Fellowship. Eligible to apply are directors and screenwriters of short or feature films who were part of the last edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, as well as permanent residents of Germany who will participate in the Script Station, Doc Station or Short Film Station at the current edition of Berlinale Talents.


    A jury, comprised of three film professionals, will select one winner from Berlinale Talents and one from Perspektive Deutsches Kino. In addition to a stipend of 5,000 Euros (2,500 Euros for short films) for the independent development of a screenplay or project, the Kompagnon also provides a mentoring programme to help strengthen the filmmaker’s artistic signature, alongside professional coaching and improved industry networking opportunities. ...and the winner is
    Kompass-Perspektive-Award 2022 is LADIES ONLY by Rebana Liz John
    The Compass-Perspektive-Award goes to Ladies Only, a raw, honest film that concentrates on the essentials, truly standing out with its decisiveness and clarity of form. A crowd of people push their way through the narrow door of a train compartment, and for 80 minutes a transitional location becomes intimate theatre, in which we get to know various women. Filmmaker Rebana Liz John asks questions about existential issues such as freedom, family and career, and we obtain personal insights into the lives of the protagonists. She has different generations read a poem out loud and comment on it, interrelating their differing points of view. Interview moments alternate with quietly observed situations. The montage creates visible emphasis and contrasts, and takes a firm standpoint. As a result, the public space of the train compartment becomes an intimate space. Numerous situations and times of day are interwoven, and the finely crafted sound design generates continuity and tension. It takes courage to tell such a reduced story, to take a close look and to produce a socially relevant film from everyday life.  (statement of the jury)


     


     


     


     




    72 Berlinale 10-20 Feb 2022

     


    The 72 BERLINALE has developed a new concept so that it can fly the flag for culture emphatically, even in these times of pandemic. The focus this year, therefore, will be on cinema screenings in the Berlinale venues. The health and safety of the audience at all events and strict compliance with the current hygiene regulations remain the top priority. Following recent decisions by the Federal Government and the Berlin Senate, the previously developed hygiene and security measures have been reviewed once again, so that the 2022 festival can be organised as an in-person 2G-plus event (additional masking and testing requirement).
    Find the Press Release January, 12, 2022 here. More information here.


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    Berlinale Documentary Award


    For many years now, the Berlin International Film Festival has been committed to the diversity of documentary forms. A distinct award for the best documentary film was launched in 2017.
    The Berlinale Documentary Award is endowed with 40,000 Euros in prize money sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). The prize money is split between the winning film’s director and producer. Approximately 18 current documentary forms from the sections Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award. [GUIDELINES] A three-member jury will pick the winner: Wang Bing (People’s Republic of China), Rana Eid (Lebanon), Susanne Schüle (Germany). More about the Documentary Award Jury.


     


     


    Berlinale Special makes room mainly to documentaries that are the best way to explore our world and its legacy. From a recording studio during the pandemic to the little-known industry of synthetic diamonds, from a microcosm to be found in and around an old oak tree in France to a controversial political party in Germany, with the title EINE DEUTSCHE PARTY | A GERMAN PARTY by Simon Brückner, ending with a take on the power and ethics of photography.
    Berlinale Special comprises 15 films from twelve countries, among them six documentary forms and nine feature films as well as two short films. Twelve are world premieres. Find the international LineUp of this section here.


     


     


    Panorama Dokumente .


    Ten documentary works enrich this year’s programme with their stories and heterogeneous points of view. Many of them combine history and the present to open up new perspectives, make biographies visible and bring previously hidden subcultures to life. In Cem Kaya’s documentary essay ASK, MARK VE ÖLÜM | LOVE, DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH | LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD, the director orchestrates material from 60 years of alternative German post-war and Turkish-German cultural history. Berlin singer-songwriter Bettina Wegner is the focal point of the film portrait BETTINA in which Lutz Pehnert deploys meticulously researched and arranged archive material to tell not only the biography of an artist, but also the history of the divided Germany.
    The camera as a tool for self-reflection and a way to search for clues is a recurring motif in films such as NO U-TURN from Nigeria, in which we set off with director Ike Nnaebue on a cinematic journey retracing his steps from Lagos to Tangier, the continent-traversing route he first travelled as a teenager in hope of a better life. Along the way, he draws a multinational and multilingual portrait of African migration.


     


     


    Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2022: An Echo of the Past 


    Seven feature films and documentaries have been invited to Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2022. From this year onwards, the section also wishes to draw attention to other skills that shape the creative process of filmmaking. In addition to the traditional appreciation of directing and production, in the future, there will also be a special talent in every Perspektive film presented from another discipline.
    For the first time in 2022, the programme will therefore feature in addition to six female directors and a male director, Perspektive talents from the fields of documentary filmmaking, camera, editing, production and production design...


    The two documentaries SORRY GENOSSE | SORRY COMRADE and LADIES ONLY make up the programme. SORRY COMRADE by Vera Brückner (P: NORDPOLARIS; Perspektive Talent Production: Fabian Halbig) introduces us to the incredible love story of the Thuringian medical student Hedi and the West German left-wing activist Karl Heinz. This playfully depicted story of a ludicrous escape opens up an unusual view of the German-German past. In the documentary LADIES ONLY by Rebana Liz John (P: KHM; Perspektive Talent documentary filmmaking: Rebana Liz John), we become acquainted with women in the women's compartments of local trains in Mumbai who give us an insight into their perspectives, hopes and anger and create a colourful picture of the faces, languages and cultures of Indian society shining in a stylish black and white film.


     


     


    Generation


    Angry and free, courageous and tender, eloquent and introverted. Shining the spotlight on fresh, untamed, resonant voices in the world of young cinema, the selection of this edition’s two competition programmes Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus comprises 24 feature-length films and 28 short films. 12 feature film debuts, more than 50% female directors, a wide range of cinematic forms and perspectives.
    The cinematic forms and imageries are as creative, free and unconventional as the protagonists themselves. In addition to numerous fictional works, eight documentary forms enrich this year's feature film competitions. By virtue of animation or staging, the filmmakers experiment with the concept of hybridity and thereby focus on questions of framing and the ethics of their work processes. KALLE KOSMONAUT by Günther Kurth, Tine Kugler, the German documentary production in this section, is a long-term documentary about Kalle, a boy from the prefabricated housing projects along the Allee of the Cosmonauts, paints a different picture of Berlin: 'Poor' is not 'sexy' here, it means: bad opportunities. The directing duo respectfully accompanies Kalle and leaves the charismatic boy to speak, supplementing scenes with animated sequences by Alireza Darvish where background knowledge is meaningful.


     


     



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    52 Forum and Forum Expanded


    The selection process for the 52nd Berlinale Forum made one thing very clear: however much the pandemic may have paralysed life in our societies, filmmakers worldwide have lost none of their inventiveness and artistic desire. The works selected - 27 feature-length works in the main programme, 14 feature-length works and shorts in the Forum Special programme - are a dazzling demonstration of this, among them the German/French documentary co-production – an archival explorations by Alain Gomis’ REWIND & PLAY with THELONIUS MONK.


    Many films from the Forum and Forum Expanded programmes are subtitled. After the festival, they can remain in Berlin and potentially be distributed. This means that the works can equally enjoy a life beyond the festival itself, finding their way into the non-commercial cinema landscape and other festivals, biennales and exhibitions across the world. In the long term, they are also added to Arsenal’s Living Archive.


    Forum also takes a look at its own history. Alice Agneskirchner’s film portrait KOMM MIT MIR IN DAS CINEMA – DIE GREGORS | COME WITH ME TO THE CINEMA – THE GREGORS is dedicated to Ulrich und Erika Gregor. With film excerpts, archive footage, re-enacted scenes and interviews, the Berlin director examines the biographies and considerable impact of these two legendary film curators without whom Forum would not exist.


    An Awareness of History. Nine Film Programmes showing as a Forum Special, are including German documentary productions in the programm Fiktionsbescheinigung. Movies, that are either historical works now available in newly restored prints or reflect on the history of Forum, such as:



    • DILIM DÖNMÜYOR – MY TONGUE DOES NOT TURN | MEINE ZUNGE DREHT SICH NICHT by Serpil Turhan © 2013
      Serpil Turhan’s grandparents gave up Kurdish for Turkish and the village for the city, just as her mother gave up Turkish for German and Istanbul for Berlin in turn. The director gently compiles fragments from the life of a family marked by migration. P: Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

    • DIRT FOR DINNER | DRECKFRESSER by Branwen Okpako 75min, © 2000
      Born in Saxony, Afro-German Sam Meffire has had a chequered life. At the start of the 1990s, his face was used as the symbol of an open-minded state, before he became a police officer, friend of the minister of the interior and eventually a criminal. P: DFFB .

    • THE EMPTY CENTER | DIE LEERE MITTE 62min, by Hito Steyerl © 1998
      Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz: in the 1990s, the former death strip became the site for emblematic construction projects and a new centre of power. Steyerl’s incisive essay reveals a whole nexus of political forces based on exclusion and suppression. [Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin]

    • MERRY CHRISTMAS DEUTSCHLAND ODER VORLESUNG ZUR GESCHICHTSTHEORIE II by Raoul Peck, 18min © 1985
      Raoul Peck’s student film at the DFFB dips into the prevailing mood in Germany in 1984 and the conception of democracy of the time. Images of the grey city, people in a festive mood and clips from West German television exert an atmospheric pull.

    • NORMALITY 1-X | NORMALITÄT 1-10 by Hito Steyerl © 1999-2001
      At the turn of the century, neo-Nazi marches, racist attacks and the defiling of Jewish graves formed part of everyday life in Germany and Austria. Steyerl’s series of essayistic shorts give an account of violence mistaken for normality. [Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin]


     


     


     



     


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    NEW: EFM Documentary: Rough-Cut Presentations
    In partnership with institutions and associations worldwide, the EFM is presenting a selection of documentaries in the rough-cut stage for the first time. Similar to the showcases at the Berlinale Series Market, the Rough-Cut Presentations provide a platform for documentary filmmakers to present, pitch and discuss excerpts from their films in a cinema on Potsdamer Platz for buyers, festival programmers and sales agents.


    At the Berlinale Series Market, director Georg Tschurtschenthaler and producer Christian Beetz give a first look at their new true-crime series. REEPERBAHN Special Unit 65 tells the story of the fight of Germany's first special unit, Fachdirektion 65, against organized crime in the 1980s. The central setting is the red-light district of St. Pauli, where a brutal battle for money and power unfolds.


     



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    European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund to go online.
    Traditionally at the beginning of the year, the central platform for trading in rights to films and audiovisual content gives an outlook on the production, evaluation and trading activities in the coming months, and makes Berlin the meeting place for producers, distributors, and sales agents from all around the world.
    Visit our virtual booth under the umbrella of German Films @EFMonline, the easiest way to find out the screening schedule of german documentaries @EFM'22.


     


    …by the way, there is no section LOLA@BERLINALE due COVID-19 regulations.


    https://www.berlinale.de/en/press/press-releases/detail_138952.html



    Exceptional Edition of European Film Market Comes to a Successful Conclusion [PR Februar 18, 2022] find all the other Press Releases 72nd Berlinale  here.


     


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  • 58 GRIMME PRIZE 2022 Nominees

          GRIMME PREIS is the German equivalent of the Emmys. Only movies that have been broadcasted by a public or private TVstation or provided ...

     



     


     


    GRIMME PREIS is the German equivalent of the Emmys. Only movies that have been broadcasted by a public or private TVstation or provided in the internet in Germany can be nominated or awarded. Therefore some of the nominated documentaries for Grimme Preis 2022 you'll knew from former edtions of our catalogue, because they have been shown at festivals and German cinemas for about two years, the common usage of the retention period for coproductions with TVstations before broadcasted in German speaking territories.


    The nominated productions will be judged by the juries, starting March 5. The winners of the 58th Grimme Prize will be announced May 31, 2022. The awards will be presented at the Theater Marl, August 26, 2022.


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  • 43 FF Max Ophüls Preis, Jan 16-26, 2022

            COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY Eight documentaries from German speaking countries compete for four prizes: • MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST DOCUMENTARY ...

     


     



     


     


    COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY
    Eight documentaries from German speaking countries compete for four prizes: 
    MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, endowed with 7,500 Euros, provided by Saarland Medien GmbH, goes to ANIMA – DIE KLEIDER MEINES VATERS | ANIMA – MY FATHER'S DRESSES by Uli Decker, 104min, P: Flare Film
    MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST FILM MUSIC, endowed with 5,000 euros, offered by Saarland Medien GmbH and endowed by the Strecker Foundation goes to the Julia Kent for the original score of the Austrian production STORIES FROM THE SEA by Jola Wieczorek.
    MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PUBLIC PRIZE DOCUMENTARY FILM is endowed with 5,000 euros by Dillinger and Saarstahl. The prize is awarded to an entry from the Documentary Film competition by a vote of the festival audience, goes to ANIMA – DIE KLEIDER MEINES VATERS | ANIMA – MY FATHER'S DRESSES by Uli Decker, 104min, P: Flare Film 
    • The award of the non-endowed MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PRIZE OF FILM CRITICS is decided by a three-member jury composed of the film critics' associations from Germany (BVMJ and VdFk), Austria (Austrian Film Critics' Guild) and Switzerland (SVFJ) goes to MAYOR, SHEPHERD, WIDOW, DRAGON by Eliza Petkova, 97min, P: Wood Water Films, DFFB


     



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    LineUp of German productions and co-productions MOP-SHORTLIST: Dok+



    Find more information on the eight competing documentaries at the website of 43 FF MOP 2022. Sorry, German only. Download 43 FFMOP information as PDF.


     


     


     



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  • IDFA 2021, November 17 — 28

            The IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary goes to HANDBUCH | HANDBOOK by Pavel Mozhar "We give the award to a film we found to be an ...

     


     


     

     


    The IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary goes to
    HANDBUCH | HANDBOOK by Pavel Mozhar


    "We give the award to a film we found to be an urgent work that illuminates an ongoing tragedy, one that has received negligible attention. The filmmaker uses the limitations of a pandemic lockdown to create a piece so flawlessly executed that each moment offers the spectator a fresh and unexpected experience. By mirroring the language and methods of the oppressor, this filmmaker hands the power back to the oppressed, making this piece itself a powerful instrument of protest. The author’s impressive displays of ingenuity serve as a brilliant masterclass in filmmaking. The jury unanimously bestows this year’s Award for Best Short Documentary to Pavel Mozhar’s Handbook" say Eliane Esther Bots, Pamela Cohn, and Sara Ishaq.


     



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    Find all the other jury decisions here.


    With approximately 3,000 guests in Amsterdam and online, extensive health and safety measures such as reduced venue capacity were in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all present. The 34th edition of IDFA has run as an in-person event, with twelve special online screenings for audiences, and an extensive library of films, talks, and consultancies available to online guests around the world. To date, IDFA has received over 100,000 cinema visits. 
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    This year’s BEST OF FESTS selection — including nine german documentaries — celebrates a year when, despite all challenges, festivals came back with a large slate of exceptional documentary films, and cinema triumphantly returned to the big screen. The program section takes a decidedly cinephile turn in 2021, honoring the year’s award winners, critics’ picks, and audience favorites. The 46-film-strong selection includes highlights out of the german documentaries catalogue such as



     


     IDFA Masters selects sixteen must-see titles from some of the leading filmmakers of our time. Several entries speak to the growing crossover between filmmakers working in both the fiction and documentary worlds, as seen in the German co-productions Karim Aïnouz's MARINER OF THE MOUNTAINS, charting the director’s first trip to his father’s homeland, TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT by Yael Bartana, and THE FIRST 54 YEARS by Avi Mograbi, among other titles.  



     


    Fourteen singular films are selected for IDFA’s new International Competition: a manifestation of classical documentary at its most sublime, yet still full of surprises. These are films that use a clearly defined frame, but inside it, anything can happen. Artistically confident, well-rounded, and universally relevant, each of these titles express an unparalleled cinematic mastery that is at once both intricate and effortless. The German/Chinese co-production in this section is:



     


     


    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary  With an influx of young filmmakers, the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary has grown in scope, with twenty selected titles, that showcase a healthy boom for the short film form — including two german documentaries. A mosaic of styles and themes defines this selection, exploring everything a short documentary can be: from animation to personal archive films to classic documentary cinema, with plenty of experimenting in between.



    • HANDBOOK | HANDBUCH by Pavel Mozhar, 29min [Short]

    • SURVIVE | ÜBERLEBEN by Lara Milena Brose, Kilian Armando Friedrich, 30min P: HFF [Short]


     


     


    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam — IDFA announced among others The Top 10 program curated by Guest of Honor Hito Steyerl includes VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION, the cult masterpiece by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, in a nod to Steyerl's long-held admiration of Farocki, who she has written about, exhibited with, and studied under at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Still elsewhere in the selection, Steyerl presents a mainstay of documentary journalism with Laura Poitras' Oscar-winning Edward Snowden film CITIZENFOUR.



    Explore the complete list of documentary films, interactive and immersive artworks, and live cinema events now. Discover the IDFA selection from A to Z.


     


     


    DOCS FOR SALE Among more than 420 fresh titles, there is a strong contingent of IDFA-selected films, an exciting selection of high-profile films without sales agents, and a vibrant line-up of short documentaries, including more than 30 German productions and co-productions.


    DOCS FOR SALE takes place Friday, November 19 to Thursday, November 25.
    This year, the IDFA team looks forward to welcoming Docs for Sale guests to an in-person market in Amsterdam where they can physically screen films, attend meetings, and network, COVID-19 regulations permitting. Nevertheless, to accommodate guests who are unable to travel, the Docs for Sale team can also facilitate online meetings, offering the possibility to participate remotely where necessary.
    Introduction to Docs for Sale for first-timers (online): Monday, November 1
    In-person meetings: November 19-24, 11:00–13:00 CET and 14:30–16:30 CET
    Online meetings: November 25-26 9:00–18:00 CET



     


     


    IDFA Forum takes place from Saturday, November 20 to Friday, November 26.
    62 projects are selected among them German productions and co-productions such as



    • CHOMSKY VS CHOMSKY by Sandra Rodriguez [Canada, Germany]
      Chomsky vs Chomsky is a multi-user, playful and collaborative Mixed Reality experience that invites visitors on a timely quest: to debunk AI’s biggest promises, limitations and pitfalls.

    • DO YOU LOVE ME (working title) by Lana Daher [Lebanon, Germany]
      Do You Love Me (working title) is Lana Daher’s personal journey through the fractured historical, social, cultural, and political landscapes of Beirut, Lebanon. By utilizing the country’s musical, cinematic, photographic, and journalistic archives, the film collages together the story of Lebanon's chaotic past, troubled present and hopes for its uncertain future.

    • MYRIAD. Where we connect. | Full Dome by Lena Thiele, Sebastian Baurmann [Germany]
      What can animal migration tell us about our interconnected world? MYRIAD combines scientific research, cinematic documentary, artistic style, 3D animation and VR technology to bring animal migration stories to life. [ coP: Interactive Media Foundation, Filmtank]

    • THE TWO MOUNTAINS WEIGHING DOWN MY CHEST by Viv Li [Germany]
      A witty and personal exploration of a 31-year-old woman’s sexual and cultural identity in the landscape of Chinese youth culture and gender history. [Interview with the director]


     


     


     


    For more information please visit the website of the festival and/or download the pressreleases here. IDFA presents new festival selections from September 21 onwards. The final competition titles will be announced on Monday, November 1, during the IDFA 2021 press conference—available to stream online at www.idfa.nl
    The LineUp of german documentaries at 34 IDFA will be published here at the beginning of November 2021.


    See who will be attending 34 IDFA's guest list 2021


     


     


     


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    • _ next _ •
    The 35th edition of the festival takes place November 9–20, 2022.
    Submissions are now open for IDFA 2022!
    Early deadline for films May 5 | Deadline for immersive/interactive projects and performances June 28 | Final deadline for films July 14

  • 64 DOK Leipzig Oct 25 — 31, 2021

            ...and the winners are:• Rebecca Zehr with A SOUND OF MY OWN [Golden Dove]• Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun with AMONG ...

     


     



     



     


    ...and the winners are:
    • Rebecca Zehr with A SOUND OF MY OWN [Golden Dove]
    • Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun with AMONG US WOMEN by [Honourable Mention Int. Competition]
    • Johanna Seggelke with REALITY MUST BE ADDRESSED [Young Eyes Film Award]
    • Diana El Jeiroudi with REPUBLIC OF SILENCE by [Honourable Mention Int. Competition as well as Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize]
    • Tang Han with PINK MAO [Silver Dove]
    • Ole Jacobs, Arne Büttner with NASIM [DEFA Sponsoring Prize as well as  ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness]
    • Jakob Krese, Danilo Do Carmo with LO QUE QUEDA EN EL CAMINO [Honourable Mention DEFA Sponsoring Prize]
    • Jakob Werner, Thea Sparmeier, Pauline Cremer with GLÜCKSPFAD [Honourable Mention, Silver Dove]


     


    Recordings of many industry talks  as well as the podcasts are available online until 14 November 2021.


     


     

     


     


    Lights off and … Showtime!


    Six competitions and one section out of competition at 64 DOK Leipzig 2021 are presented.


    The selection committee has nominated a total of 15 productions for the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film and the German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film. Among them are eleven world premieres, one European and three German premieres. Female film-makers are heavily represented in the German Competition Long Film, having directed seven of the eight films nominated for the German Competition for long films. Jurors Maria Speth, Gudrun Sommer and Carsten Möller will decide which film gets the Golden Dove, granted by Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH.


     


     


    LineUp German productions and co-productions 



     


     


     


    DOK Leipzig looks forward to welcoming you back! Whether you will be in Leipzig or online, the DOK Leipzig team is thrilled to invite you to take part in an intense and inspiring festival week and celebrate the film community.


    In 2020, DOK Leipzig took place for the first time as a hybrid festival against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. And what’s to come this year? DOK Leipzig will return to big screens in the fall! For the 64th edition taking place from 25 to 31 October, it's planned to air the complete film programme in selected Leipzig venues, and to celebrate a week of documentary and animated film with our audience on-site in Leipzig.


    The selection committee has nominated a total of 15 productions for the German Competitions Long and Short Documentary and Animated Films. Some of the directors involved have previously had films screened at DOK Leipzig, for example Katharina Pethke, Betina Kuntzsch and Johanna Seggelke. Female film-makers are heavily represented in the German Competition, having directed seven of the eight long documentary films nominated.
    These are the topics of this year’s nominations:
    As usual, some of the productions focus on current political issues. Topics include the situation of refugees in Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, the migration factor for families in the Dominican Republic and the protests against Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.
    Some films draw a connection between political and aesthetic discourse, for example in works about female body hair, a socialist monument in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin and the colour of the 100 yuan note in the People’s Republic of China.
    Other works in the competitions portray extraordinary individuals and are partly the result of intimate relationships. Two films, for example, deal in very different ways with the documentary images of a past love. Two other works focus on soundscapes by portraying a musician, who continues her father’s musical legacy, and a passionate instrument-maker.
    Who awards the Golden and Silver Dove? This year’s jury consists of film-maker Maria Speth, festival director Gudrun Sommer and film lecturer and director Carsten Möller. The jurors will jointly determine the winning films of the Golden and Silver Dove in the German competitions of DOK Leipzig.


     


    • International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
    • International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
    • Camera Lucida – Out of Competition
    • German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
    • German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
    • Competition for the Audience Award Long Documentary and Animated Film
    • Competition for the Audience Award Short Documentary and Animated Film


    The awards of the festival – the Golden and Silver Doves – and further prizes presented by our partner are awarded in the competitions. Find out about all winning films last year at DOK Leipzig 2020 here. Who actually decides which films receive awards? DOK Leipzig’s winning films are selected by independent juries.


    After the festival week, DOK Stream will launch online to serve those who wish to either deepen their festival experience or visit DOK Leipzig wholly online. The VoD film programme will feature a selection of festival films accessible to the German public during the first two weeks of November 2021


     


     


     



    DOK Industry buero autum 2020 [© 2020 Susann Jehnichen]


     


    Recordings of many industry talks  as well as the podcasts will be available online until 14 November 2021!


     


     



    PRESIDENTS' TAILOR


    DOK Industry


    DOK Preview Germany — D-Facto Motion Work-in-Progress Prize
    Eight new and unusual German creative documentaries were presented at DOK Preview Germany in cooperation with German Films and AG DOK. The D-Facto Motion Work-in-Progress Prize – a post production grant of 10,000 € – is given out to one of the selected German documentary projects. This year’s winner is PRESIDENT’s TAILOR – FROM AUSCHWITZ TO THE WHITE HOUSE by Director and Co-Producer Rick Minnich and Producer Mike Brandin.


    Find more information about all the others 2021 DOK Industry Prize Winners here.


     


    Every year, about 1,600 professional guests from more than 80 countries come to Leipzig to participate in over 50 events under the umbrella of DOK Industry. In 2020, the complete DOK Industry Programme took place online. This year, we look forward to welcoming you back! 
    DOK Industry Online offers networking opportunities with the highest-quality German and international decision makers and funders in a cosy, laid back atmosphere. This is the meeting place for artistic documentary and a hub for interactive and immersive arts practitioners and experts.


    DOK Co-Pro Market: 35 projects from 36 countries selected
    From 25 to 29 October authors, directors and producers will meet potential co-production, financing and distribution partners. The DOK Co-Pro Market 2021 is planned as a hybrid event with individual meetings and networking opportunities taking place in Leipzig as well as online.


    Co-Pro Market: Call for Producers without a Project
    DOK indystry invites producers who are actively looking for new audio-visual works to co-produce and to expand their networks internationally to apply as a producer without a project for participation in the DOK Co-Pro Market. The deadline is 27 September 2021


    TALKS AND EVENTS .In connection with the film programme the audience is invited to join for various talks. Admission to most of the discussive programming is free.


    In the MEDIA LIBRARY , you can find the festival trailer and cinematic statements by filmmakers. Once the festival has started, you can also watch recording of selected talk formats and our masterclasses here. 


     


     


     


     


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    65 DOK Leipzig 2022 • October 17-23, 2022 Call for films and works open! Submission.
    Regulations.


     

  • 55 Hof IFF, October, 26—31, 2021 plus7streamdays

      THE GRANIT- for the best documentary goes to LUCHADORAS by Patrick Jasim and Paola Calvo. The documentary film award GRANIT donated by the ...

     



    THE GRANIT- for the best documentary goes to LUCHADORAS by Patrick Jasim and Paola Calvo.


    The documentary film award GRANIT donated by the Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation, is awarded for the best documentary of the festival and comes with a prize money of 7.500€. This year's jury have been Marcus Richardt, Cordula Kablitz-Post and Douglas Wolfsperger.


      



     


    Again, the Hof International Film Festival will take place as a dual festival. Screenings in cinemas according to the hygiene regulations from 26 to 31 October, then plus7streamdays meaning one week until November 7 the films are available online in Germany.


    IN MEMORIAM MIKIS THEODORAKIS the 55 Hof IFF screens again
    DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE - WITH MIKIS ON THE ROAD by Asteris Kutulas [51HOF IFF 2017]


     


     


    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions



     


     


    SPEEDDATING @ 55 HOF IFF


    Other events such as the HoF PLUS framework program as well as the HoF 7 Minutes Pitch for newcomers, will also be organized in accordance with the current pandemic requirements.


    This year the pitching session 7 MINUTES even goes one step further. As part of HoF PLUS it offers up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to network in the industry and also find additional strong partners for the realization of their material.

    The session will take place on Thursday, 28 October 2021 from 10:00-12:30 within the framework of the HoF PLUS program of the Hof International Film Festival. The pitching languages are German or English.


     


     


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  • 19 Doclisboa, October 21—31, 2021

     with Retrospective Ulrike Ottinger, premiering THE POET'S WIFE by Helke Misselwitz, and DANSE MACABRE by Thunska Pansittivorakul, Phassarawin ...

     with Retrospective Ulrike Ottinger, premiering THE POET'S WIFE by Helke Misselwitz, and DANSE MACABRE by Thunska Pansittivorakul, Phassarawin Kulsomboon among other German productions and co-productions.


     



     


    The opening of the Heart Beat section will be taken on by  a-ha The Movie, by Thomas Robsahm and Aslaug Holm. A film that follows the trajectory of the renowned Norwegian band from its early beginning to its rapid rise and international recognition until the band’s split.
    Also in this section The Poet ’s Wife, by German filmmaker Heike Misselwitz (world premiere). The programme also comprises Philipp Hartmann’s most recent title, From the 84 Days


     LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions



     


    RETROSPECTIVE ULRIKE OTTINGER — german documentaries by in this section are



    Unprecedented full retrospective of the work of Ulrike Ottinger, mostly presented in restored copies. Ottinger starts her cinematic journey in the 1970s. She travels the world in the following decades, interpreting it through her lenses in a radical synthesis of mythology, illusion and realism. Her unique work is adjacent to various contexts: New German Cinema, feminism, the queer movement, postcolonialism. Aside from her films, Ottinger has an extensive photographic work navigating between surrealism and ethnography. In collaboration with Museu do Oriente, Doclisboa also presents an exhibition of photographs taken during her travels in territories such as Eastern Europe, the United States, Mongolia and China.


     


    NEBULAE


    Nebulae is the space for networking at Doclisboa. It is a group of activities, gatherings, opportunities and people for the advancement of the creation, production and dissemination of independent film.
    In 2021, Nebulae will take place in a hybrid format. Film professionals from all over the world will meet again in Lisbon between the 21st and 25th of October, during which the on-site activities will take place. To make sure everyone can participate, online activities will run until October 31st.


    Once again, Nebulae will host the Filmmaking Seminar, organized in collaboration with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, which will be attended by the winners of the 2022 UNDO Fellowship. The Seminar (for selected participants) will take place between the 23rd and 26th of October, in a hybrid format. The aim of this activity is to explore radical cinema practices and the expanding languages of documentary cinema. Each day will feature the screening of films, followed by a work session conducted by one of the scholarship holders. Read the press release HERE.



    https://www.facebook.com/doclisboa/


    And the award winners are...


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  • LET'S MEET in bright daylight at the MIPCOM

         Björn Jensen, Eva-Maria Pellikan, Simone Baumann     October 11—14 in Cannes, Frankreich, Rivera 7 at the GERMAN PAVILLON. We are attending ...

     



      



    Björn Jensen, Eva-Maria Pellikan, Simone Baumann


     


     


    October 11—14 in Cannes, Frankreich, Rivera 7 at the GERMAN PAVILLON.


    We are attending with the german documanetries at booth R7. K17


     ...and among others


    ALBATROSS WORLD SALES GMBH


    AUTENTIC GMBH


    FIRST HAND FILMS


    NEW DOCS E.K.


    RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES UG


     


    German producers, who want to attend, please download MIPCOM2021_info4.pdf    — sorry German only — for more information. Report 2021 MICOM 2021 by Björn Jensen.

  • THE MOLE AGENT nominated for 93 Academy Award 2021 Documentary Feature

    Chile's Official Oscar submission, directed by Maite Alberdi. Congratulations to the German co-producer Ingmar Trost, CEO of SUTOR-KOLONKO and ...

    Chile's Official Oscar submission, directed by Maite Alberdi. Congratulations to the German co-producer Ingmar Trost, CEO of SUTOR-KOLONKO and the whole team of the Chilean film production EL AGENTE TOPO | DER MAULWURF | THE MOLE AGENT , an 83-year-old man poses as a resident in a Chilean nursing home to see if he can find signs of abuse. 



     


     Q&A with the team
    • at SUNDANCE
    • at DOC NYC


     


     


    NOTTURNO by Gianfranco Rosi, an Italian, French, German coproduction has been shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards Documentary Feature as well.


     


    The winners of the 93rd edition of the Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, April 25


     


     


     


     


     


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  • 10 iREP Lagos Nigeria, March 19—22, 2020

         Postponed due to COVID-19. iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is the only documentary genre-specific film festival in ...

     


     



     Postponed due to COVID-19.


    iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is the only documentary genre-specific film festival in Nigeria. The festival has grown in popularity since its inception in 2011 and has been widely attended by filmmakers from different parts of the World.


    The iRepresent International Film Festival
    has announced the theme for it's 10th Anniversary.


    AFRICA IN SELF-CONVERSATION

    From March 19th to the 22nd, @irepfilmfestival will host the world with the foremost Documentary Film gathering in Lagos, Nigeria.
    The Conceptual framework of iREPRESENT Documentary Film Forum is AFRICA IN SELF-CONVERSATION, and it is designed to promote awareness about the power of documentary format to serve as a means of deepening and sharing social and cultural education as well as encouraging participatory democracy in our societies.
    iREP is conceptualized to create a platform of awareness and expression for aspiring and practising filmmakers who are creating socially relevant documentary films to positively impact our world. To fully engage an array of trans-cultural creativity, iREP will provide a forum for everyone’s ingenuity to be showcased without prejudice to style or subject. iREP celebrates the ever-expanding world of documentary films by inviting talents from across the globe to share ideas on trends and technological advancements in the format.


    Johannes Preuss, producer and director of NOLLYWOOD — FILMBUSINESS AFRICAN STYLE is invited to attend the festival with his documentary.


     


    Discussions
    Keynote Presentations and Panel Discussions are important parts of the festival programming. Over the years, iREP has attracted some of the most brilliants minds in visual arts to speak at the festival, this includes Professor Manthia Diawara, Jane Mote, Jihan El Tahir, Professor Awam Amkpa, Professor Niyi Coker, Wehinmi Atigbi, Emeka Mba, Sandra Obiago, and many more.
    Beyond keynotes and panel discussion, there is also "In-Conversation". This brings a leader of thought in filmmaking or film theory in conversation with the community of filmmakers present at the festival, it is an in-depth interaction that goes beyond the top-down approach of paper presentations.


    Training and Workshops
    Through the iREP Training and workshop platform, we have been able to train over 200 young and upcoming filmmakers in the rudiments of filmmaking and understanding of the documentary film art. The goal of the training is to introduce more young filmmakers in Nigeria to the art of documentary films and to increase their interest in the art form. Some of the participants in our workshops have gone on to make their own films with some of them winning awards.


    Producers Round Table
    The Producer's Round Table has come to be known for insightful discussions that are solution driven and engage producers in a pro-active prognosis into the opportunities that can grow impact of the documentary film genre. This is usually an idea exchange opportunity that filmmakers look forward to and it also provides a ground for international collaboration and co-production.


     


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  • German Films

      is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. German Films’ range of activities includes: ...

     



    is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide.


    German Films’ range of activities includes: Close cooperation with and presence at all major international film festivals and selected TV markets; hosting selection delegations from international festivals; PR and press work for all major national and international media representatives; information and advice for international buyers, German producers and exporters; publication of informational literature on current German films and the film industry; organization of the annual “Next Generation” short film program; administration of the selection procedure for the German entry for the OSCAR for Best Foreign Language Film; staging of “Festivals of German Films” worldwide and “German Premieres” in selected cities; collaboration with Deutsche Welle’s DW-TV KINO program; organization of the “German Films Previews”; selective financial support for the foreign releases of German films; organization with Unifrance of the annual German-French film meeting.


    For additional information and a complete list of the current shareholders, board members and staff, please visit the German Films Website.

  • German Documentaries Online

    For over ten years, the 'german documentaries' catalogue has accompanied all activities of the German documentary film scene at markets and ...

    For over ten years, the 'german documentaries' catalogue has accompanied all activities of the German documentary film scene at markets and festivals. At first, the German Documentary Association AG DOK – with over 900 members, the largest German professional association of independent directors and producers – published the catalogue at its own expense. Then the film division of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology became a solid supporter.
    Since 2004, 'german films,' the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide, has financed the publication of 'german documentaries,' whose content remains solely in the hands of filmmakers and producers, and not a publisher, sales department, or institution. In its twelve editions, 'german documentaries' has presented some 1000 films – from ten-minute shorts to feature-length theatrical documentaries, from artistically crafted film essays to documentary series – complete with photos, synopses, and contact information – to audiences worldwide.



    Now, once again thanks to the support of German Films, we have been able to launch this german-documentaries website.


    We are planning to make this site an ever-growing and invaluable source of information on the German documentary scene for you.


    Hope to see you often!


    With kind regards,



    Thomas Frickel, Chairman of AG DOK


    'Chairman & Managing Director Thomas Frickel did not want to be reelected after 34 years. We say THANK YOU! and WELCOME Chairwoman Susanne Binninger and Chairman David Bernet in this position including Managing Director.' [February 27, 2020]