• SCHEDULE 2020

    Meet face to face our representatives and some of the producers of German documentaries, check out the new edition of the catalogue at markets ...

    Meet face to face our representatives and some of the producers of German documentaries, check out the new edition of the catalogue at markets and festivals throughout the year. German producers get further informations zur Unterstützung bei internationealen Festivals & Märkten  in German here .


     


      



    European Film Market – efm, BERLINALE, February 20—27, 2020 Berlin, Germany
    It all starts here. Like in the years before the next edition of the german documentaries catalogue will be available here at our booth 17 ground floor GROPIUS BAU, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, 10963 Berlin, Telefon: +49 30 780956416 where German producers can hold meetings and display press material.
    Contact: Erik Meininger, office@agdok.de.
    68 BERLINALE 2018 | 69 BERLINALE 2019 | 70 BERLINALE 2020 — further information coming soon.


     


     



    iREP International Documentary Film Festival, March 19—22, 2020, Lagos, Nigeria postponed due to COVID-19.
    The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de


     


     



     HKTDC Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART),
    [March 25—28, 2020] CANCELD
    Contact Germany for registration European Film Promotion e.V. — Sabine Rolinski rolinski@efp-online.com.
    german documentaries coordination: Björn Jensen
    More Information - German only -


     


     



    MIPTV | MIPDOC   April 10—15, 2021, Cannes, France
    The two largest and most important markets for the distribution of films take place in Cannes every year in spring - and 2020 worldwide online...
    ••• MIPTV March 30 – April 2, 2020 catch online opportunities for International Content Financing.
    ••• MIPDOC Screenings Library, March 28 – 29, 2020.
    MIPDOC: Market with screening of finished films for buyers, seminars, one-to-one meetings.
    MIPTV: In addition to MIPCOM in October, MIPTV is one of the most important markets for all formats and genres, with an extensive programme of lectures. German Documentaries will be represented with a booth where participating companies can hold meetings and display press materials. We will organize a networking event at our booth.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    more infomation.


     


     



    Rio2C Market, May 5—10, 2020 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Important festival and market in Brazil. Brazil is the only country in South America with which Germany has a co-production agreement and Brazil offers very interesting financing possibilities for co-productions.
    Representative german documentaries: Teresa Curzio | tcurzio@gmx.net


     


     



    Hot Docs Toronto,  April 30 - May 10, 2020, Toronto, Canada [is postponed]
    Most important documentary film festival in Canada with a strong co-producer market.
    Click here to get an important update regarding the status of the 2020 Hot Docs Festival, scheduled to take place April 30-May 10 as an online edition.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen  
    More Information — German only
    ___hotDOCS 2019___


     


     



    CoPro 22 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market , June 02 - 06, 2020, Tel Aviv, Israel
    ONLINE May 25—27, 2020 for more Information and Updates please visit https://www.copro.co.il/en/ and contact Omri Cohen in case you want attend.
    Most important co-production event for documentary film projects with Israeli reference. Accompanying events are held in cooperation with the Goethe Institute.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    further information - German only  
    Report_CoPro21_2019 and german documentaries NEWS 2018— CoPro20.


     


     



    Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival, June 04—09, 2020,  Sheffield, UK will not take place in its original form due to the current COVID-19 crisis. The pitching forums, the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market, will both proceed in June via virtual means. As part of a series of weekends throughout the Autumn,  the festival aims to present film screenings, talks, panels, artists’ events and community engagement activities. A full programme will be announced in due course. Keep updated by visiting the website of the festival.
    __ Announcing altered activity for 2020 31 March 2020 __
    and more information __ German only ___
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    Report german documentaries at __Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019__


     


     



    24 ECRANS NOIRS Juli 2020, Jaoundé, Kamerun. The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de


     


     



    31 Sunny Side of the Doc, June 22—25, 2020 goes digital from La Rochelle, Frankreich: CONNECTED EDITION
    All delegate passes will be streamlined into a new All Access - Connected Pass.
    Submission Deadline Extended  April 23, 2020
    Probably the most important event worldwide for co-productions and financing of documentary film projects. The Sunny Side accepts any documentary genre and length, including series, and has also added a new media/cross platform event (PIXII). The Sunny Side is a market with presentation stands, discussion forums and pitching events. We organize a networking event at our booth, sadly not in June 2020.
    More information as May 28, 2020 to download as PFD.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    The final report of 2019 here and ____2019 Germany COUNTRY in FOCUS___


     


     



    MIPCOM,  October 10—15, 2020 Cannes, Frankreich
    Holding MIPCOM and MIPJunior in a safe environment [October 10-11 / October 12-15]
    Second call June 23, 2020 by Björn Jensen.
    Representative german documentaries: Bernhard Simek, German Films


     


     




    4rd IDF West Lake Int. Documentary Festival, Hanzhou - China, October 17—19, 2020
    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. Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only. 


     


     



    Gold Panda Sichuan International TV Festival, October in Chengdu, China
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only


     


     


     

    Asian Side of the Doc, autum 2020. 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

    Asian Side of the Doc was planned for March 2020 in China. The organizers informed us, that the event unfortunately has to be postponed to autumn 2020 and the location in China has not been decided yet.


     


     



    33 IDFA / Forum Amsterdam, November 18—29, 2020, Amsterdam, Niederlande.
    IDFA returns to cinemas. Programm extended by limited screenings.
    The most important and largest documentary film festival in the world with a renowned pitching program. Every year german documentaries organizes a big networking event during the festival.
    Submission deadlines:
    • May 1st, 2020 – for all films completed between August 1st, 2019 and April 30th, 2020.
    • July 1st, 2020 – for all performances and interactive/immersive new media projects. 
    • August 1st, 2020 – for all films completed after April 30th, 2020.
    ___submission___
    Representative german documentaries: Cay Wesnigk
    ___32 IDFA 2019___


     


     



    World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, December 07—10, 2020, Strasbourg, France
    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 — German only. Report of 2019 — German only.


     


     



    Guangzhou International Dokumentary Filmfestival, December 14—17, 2020, Guangzhou, China
    International Documentary Film Festival for documentaries in China with lots of workshops, a pitching forum and one-to-one meetings. The film projects in the pitches, as well as the panels and workshops, are mainly related to China nowadays. We organize a networking event.
    More information here - German only -
    Report of the event of Dec 2019 __German only__
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen 




  • German Documentary Award 2020

      For the first time two documentaries receive the Deutschen Dokumentarfilmpreis:• LOVEMOBIL by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss • THE CAVE by Feras ...

     


    For the first time two documentaries receive the Deutschen Dokumentarfilmpreis:
    LOVEMOBIL by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss 
    THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad.
    The jury of the SWR Doku Festival 2020 found the documentaries so impressive that they awarded them both the main prize of the festival. Fayyad and Lehrenkrauss share the prize money of 20.000 Euro. The German Documentary Award is donated by SWR and the Media and Film Society Baden-Württemberg (MFG).


    The German Documentary Award used to be presented at the SWR Doku Festival in Stuttgart. Due COVID 19, this year's festival goes online, hosted by Max Moor. The award-winning documentaries as well as those nominated for the German Documentary Award can be viewed online here until 3 July 2020.


    PARIS CALLIGRAMMES by Ulrike Ottinger was awarded the Norbert Daldrop Prize.
    LOVE EATS UP LIFE  Portrait of Tobias Gruben was awarded with the Opus GmbH prize for best music documentary.
    LOST IN FACE by Valentin Riedl was awarded with the promotional prize


     


     


     


     



    A total of 33,000 euros prize money in various categories. Out of 122 submissions, twelve productions were nominated for the main prize. In addition, three documentary films in the field of music were nominated by a jury of experts for the Opus GmbH prize.


     


    Nominees German Documentary Award



     


    Nominees Music Documentary—Prize of the OPUS GmbH



     


     


     


     


    single pge
    German Documentary Award 2020
    • German Documentary Award 2019
    • German Documentary Award 2018

  • 35 DOK.fest Munich May 06-24, 2020 @home

    More than 75,000 spectators watched the films of DOK.fest Munich @home and the events of DOK.forum and DOK.education. The number of actual viewers ...

    More than 75,000 spectators watched the films of DOK.fest Munich @home and the events of DOK.forum and DOK.education. The number of actual viewers of the online edition is probably even higher, as it is not possible to determine how many people were sitting in front of the screens at any one time.

    Around 170 experts and participants took part in the co-production market with projects in the development stage. More than 700 filmmakers from all over the world attended the online workshops and discussions. So the industry platform DOK.forum online can be considered as great sucess as well.
    For next year Daniel Sponsel and his team are of course planning another festival on the big screen, but as well planning to take a piece of this online edition with them. So you can look forward to the 36 DOK.fest Munich May 5 —16, 2021

    Click here for the full press release May 25, 2020


      



    35 DOK.fest Munich — more than 75,000 spectators


     


     

     



     


    Cinema is dead, long live cinema! Confessions of a film festival taking place online.
    Greeting for DOK.fest München @home by Daniel Sponsel and Adele Kohout


     



    opening ceremony 35 DOK.fest Munich @ home


     


     


    2020 DOK.fest Munich comes to your home!


    The full programm is online now.


    Due to the COVID-19 crisis and all the official requirements, the organisators feel compelled not to let the 35th edition of the DOK.fest München May 6—17, 2020 take place in the usual form. The festival takes place as an online festival DOK.fest München @Home 2020.

    Stay healthy!


     


     



     VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2020 goes to Eva Illmer and Halina Dyrschka.
     Sponsored by VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH

    For the documentary film JENSEITS DES SICHTBAREN – HILMA AF KLINT | BEYOND THE VISIBLE – HILMA AF KLINT, producers Eva Illmer (director, production) and Halina Dyrschka (production) receive this year's award, endowed with 7,500 Euros, which puts courageous and innovative production projects in the spotlight.


     



     


    A wonderful signal in difficult times: We are pleased to be able to award all prizes of the festival in full this year and cordially invite you to the festive award ceremonies. Special thanks go to the prize donors of the VIKTORs, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Petra Kelly Foundation, as well as to the prize donors FilmFernsehFonds Bayern and megaherz. We will present the winning films in the presence of the prizewinners as well as representatives of the jury and prize donors.



    • VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international
      The main prize of the festival honours outstanding films in the main competition DOK.international. The VIKTOR Main Competition is endowed with 10,000 euros and is donated by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
      ••• and the winner is  ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, coP: CORSO Film (DOK.International)

    • VIKTOR DOK.deutsch
      The DOK.deutsch competition presents films that deal with people and events in the German-speaking world. The VIKTOR DOK.deutsch is endowed with 5,000 euros.
      ••• and the winner is  WEIYENA – EIN HEIMATFILM by Weina Zhao und Judith Benedikt

    • VIKTOR DOK.horizonte
      The films in the DOK.horizonte competition tell of countries in transition. They are nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte, endowed with 5,000 euros, donated by the Petra Kelly Foundation.
      ••• and the winner is THEY CALL ME BABU by Sandra Beerends

    • FFF Talent Award Documentary Film
      The prize for young directors from Bavaria, endowed with 5,000 euros, is a cross-row award. It is donated by the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.
      ••• and the winner is CHADDR – A RIVER BETWEEN US | CHADDR – UNTER UNS DER FLUSS by Minsu Park, P: KARBE Film (DOK.horizonte)

    • Megaherz Student Award
      The films of our partner universities compete for the prize for the best film in our student competition. The award is endowed with 3,000 Euros, the prize donor is megaherz.
      ••• and the winner is RULES OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE, AT HIGH SPEED | REGELN AM BAND, BEI HOHER GESCHWINDIGKEIT by Yulia Lokshina P: HFF Munich, wirFILM (Student Award, DOK.4teens)


    Ceremony for the FFF Talent Award Documentary Film and Megaherz Student Award: Friday, May 15th, 8 pm @home (available via the front page of the festival)

    Ceremony for the main prizes Saturday, May 16th, 8 pm @home (available via the front page of the festival).


     


     


    LineUp German productions and coproductions
    (click on the sections for the website of the film at the webpage of the festival, to stream the documentary)



    The sections are:


    DOK.international
    Slices of life, insights and perspectives: the films of the international competition open doors into new worlds. They compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, worth 10,000 Euros, sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk.


    DOK.deutsch
    The DOK.deutsch competition presents films that deal with people and events in the German-speaking region. In in-depth narratives we are exposed to extraordinary experiences and gain valuable insights.


    DOK.horizonte
    The films collected in the competition section DOK.horizonte talk about countries undergoing transition. They are nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte, worth 5,000 Euros, sponsored by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung.


    DOK.panorama
    DOK.panorama shows innovative documentary films from all over the world mapping the diversity and current trends of documentary storytelling.


    Student Award
    The Student Award of DOK.fest München presents outstanding documentary films by students of German-speaking film schools. The films are nominated for the Megaherz Student Award, worth 3,000 Euros.


    BEST OF FESTS
    Innovative cinema and intimate insights: The BEST OF FESTS series brings together films that have already been screened at other important festivals and celebrated or awarded prizes there.


    DOK.music
    From rock and pop, heavy metal and other weird sounds to classical music: DOK.music, as a new section, provides music for eyes and ears.


     


     


     



     


    DOK.forum – INDUSTRY PLATTFORM


    DOK.forum is a think tank for the documentary film industry and a platform for projects in the development process. It has established itself as a meeting place for the German-speaking industry and offers a growing range of services for international filmmakers.


    Due to the current exceptional situation, the DOK.forum cannot take place in its usual form. In order to enable filmmakers to continue their training and networking, our industry events will be transferred to the digital realm this year.


    The DOK.forum Perspectives with digital and events invite you 2020 to develop visions and impulses, and a diverse range of workshops is also part of the program. As an online co-production and ideas market, this year the DOK.forum Marketplace will again offer various formats for the realization of new documentary film projects.


    Participation in the DOK.forum Marketplace and the DOK.forum Perspectives is free of charge this year, and we would like to help ease the current economic situation of many filmmakers.


    DOK.forum experts The Who's Who of experts of the digital DOK.forum Marketplace 2020 can be found here.


     


    NETWORKS FOR FUTURE! 
    Joining Forces for the Documentary Film Industry
    May 07. 2020, 02:00 p.m.
    in cooperation with various Creative Europe MEDIA Desks Industry experts* from all over Europe will gather online examining the power of networks to address the challenges the documentary industry is facing. We want to find out what solidarity means for today's film professionals and how we can collaborate to help our films reach their audiences. This is a unique opportunity for the European documentary community to enter into a discussion and learn from each other.


     


    DOK.digital
    The Future of Storytelling
    May 08, 2020 04:00 p.m.
    The new award DOK.digital seeks answers to the question of how facts and stories can be told in the future. With the online event DOK.digital - The Future of Storytelling we present the five nominated projects. They tell their stories interactively, cross-media - and above all digitally. The journalists and documentary filmmakers use the characteristics of the respective media for their content, thus enabling unique and novel perspectives on stories, situations and events. Whether browser game, audio walk or Instagram channel - there is something for every.n user.in to discover! The pitches for the €2,500 prize will take place online, live and in the presence of the jury.


     


    PLAYGROUND DOCUMENTARY

    Workshop for a Successful International Distribution
    Speaker: Pauline Mazenod (Windrose)?Saturday, 09. May, 10.00 am
    Click here for the event
     
    Reach the Audience! Digital Marketing Strategies for Documentaries
    Speaker: Mathias Noschis (alphapanda) Saturday, 09. May, 12.00 am
    Click here for the event
     
    Expand Your Narrative Space with Digital Storytelling 
    Speaker: Patrick Mueller (Docmine) Saturday, 09. May, 2.00 pm
    Click here for the event
     
    SPACE DOGS – A Case Study on Editing for Documentary Filmmakers
    Speaker: Anne Fabini, Iikka Vehkalahti (Rough Cut Service) Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter (Filmmakers) Saturday, 09. May, 4.00 pm [SPACE DOGS]
    Click here for the event



     


     




    DOK.special 40 years AG DOK


    A small circle of documentary filmmakers joined together in 1980 with the aim of creating a lively documentary film culture in Germany. 40 years later, AG DOK is a professional association of more than 900 filmmakers and is also the largest film association in Germany.
    DOK.fest München is celebrating this with an anniversary programme: four selected documentary films by AG DOK members shed light on important socio-political issues of their respective times and thus exemplify four decades of a lively documentary film culture in Germany.


     



    DOK.special — 40 years AG DOK



    • DER SUBJEKTIVE FAKTOR by Helke Sander ©1981 (DOK.special 40 years AG DOK) Fighting the patriarchy: the women’s movement in the 1970s.

    • LAST YEAR TITANIC | LETZTES JAHR TITANIC by Andreas Voigt ©1990 (DOK.special 40 years AG DOK) D-Mark, election campaign, freedom of travel – what the turnaround meant in everyday life.

    • LOSERS AN WINNERS by Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken ©2006 (DOK.special 40 years AG DOK) Ruhrgebiet goes China: Construction and dismantling of a coking plant. Who benefits from globalisation?

    • DEMOCRACY – IM RAUSCH DER DATEN by David Bernet ©2015 (DOK.special 40 years AG DOK) Data protection in the EU parliament. A politician in the sights of the economic lobby.


     more Information 40 years AG DOK at the DOK.fest Munich (German only)


     


     



    CORONOGRAPHY – is the first visible outcome of a collective project by filmmakers from all over the world launched by members of AG DOK, the German Documentary Association in March 2020 that will constantly evolve, expand and grow — much alike the numbers and curves of  COVID-19.
    CORONOGRAPHY's interactive map at the 35 DOK.fest Munich is showing the first wave of films created during the initial weeks of the pandemic, despite all the restrictions. The interactive map is a platform to make them easily accessible.
    Participants of the project founded the association DOCFILMPOOL e.V. on April 28th as a collective platform for filmmakers from all over the world to share and contribute their stories.


     


     


     


     


     



    Anne Harder (Neues Maxim), Kerstin Schmidt (Rio Filmpalast), Daniel Sponsel (DOK.fest Munich), Daniel Kuonen (Rio Filmpalast) and Bruno Börger (City Kinos Munich). © 2020 Ute Bolmer


    Festival director Daniel Sponsel was able to hand over 19,000 Euros to long-standing partner cinemas. The amount came about through the solidarity contribution when buying tickets for the last festival.
    DOK.fest Munich 2020 counted approx. 75000 streams of documentary films, which Kulturserver brought to living rooms and/or home offices all over Germany.


    single page:
    35 DOK.fest Munich 2020
    34 DOK.fest Munich 2019
    33 DOK.fest Munich 2018

  • 70 BERLINALE Februar 20 - March 1, 2020

         • Compass-Perspektive-Award goes to Janna Ji Wonders for WALCHENSEE FOREVER  • Heiner Carow Prize goes to Natalija Yefimkina for GARAGENVOLK ...

     



     


      Compass-Perspektive-Award goes to Janna Ji Wonders for WALCHENSEE FOREVER
      Heiner Carow Prize goes to Natalija Yefimkina for GARAGENVOLK | GARAGE PEOPLE      
       Premiered in the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Perspectives on German Cinema), these two awarded german documentaries are produced and represented at the markets by members of the AG DOK.


    CONGRATULATION


    to FLARE FILM CEO Martin Heisler, [former LICHTBLICK MEDIA] with AG DOK member and producer Katharina Bergfeld a.o. in Berlin. We wish 'good deals' to Heino DeckertDeckert Distribution — based in Leipzig, responsible for bringing WALCHENSEE FOREVER to the small screen wolrdwide.
    HURRA the Heiner Carow Prize goes to Hamburg, where 40 years ago the AG DOK was founded. GARAGENVOLK | GARAGE PEOPLE was shot by director of photography Axel Schneppat behind the Arctic Circle, produced by Hamburg based Andrea Schütte, Dirk DeckerTamtam Film GmbH. "Cinema at its best!" the jury says. For the small screen broadcasters world wide have to deal with the Berliner AG DOK member Stefan KloosRISE AND SHINE!



     


    In total, 21 documentary forms from the sections Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino were nominated for the BERLINALE DOCUMENTARY AWARD . The prize money will be shared by the director and the producer of the winning film. The award was presented during the official Award Ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on February 29, 2020.
    Award Winner 2020 is the FrenchCambodian Coproduction
      IRRADIÉS | IRRADIATED by Rithy Panh produced by Catherine Dussart, P: CDP, Boulonge, Anupheap, Phnom Penh 
    and the Special Mention goes to the Austrian Production
     AUFZEICHNUNGEN AUS DER UNTERWELT | NOTES FROM THE UNDERWORLD
    by Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, P: Vento Film, Vienna


     



    THERE IS NO EVIL awarded with Golden Bear for Best Film


    Golden Bear for Best Film awarded to the film’s producers goes to SHEYTAN YOJUD NADARAD | THERE IS NO EVIL by Mohammad Rasoulof produced by Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak. Facing a one-year prison sentence for 'spreading propaganda' Mohammad Rasoulof was not allowed to leave Iran. His episodic film deals with the death penalty in Iran. Kaveh Farnam commented on the fact that the film had resonated so much in Berlin, adding: “The story reminds us that there are no walls in this world that can stop the power of imagination, the power of ideas, belief and love.” in his speech after receiving the award.


    Additional Information [March 09, 2020]
    The Berlinale Protests the Imminent Incarceration of Golden Bear Winner Mohammad Rasoulof
    We are deeply concerned about the incarceration order for Mohammad Rasoulof. It’s shocking that a director is punished so hard for his artistic work”, say the Berlinale directors, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian. “We hope that the Iranian authorities will soon revise the judgment.”
    For the full press release click here.



     


    PDF with the full list of the awarded films and additional information at www.berlinale.de/preise.


     


     


     



     



     


    Find us at the GROPIUS BAU, ground floor booth 17 [t. +49 30 780956416] during the EFM, Februar 20-27, 2020 with representative german documentaries Kordula Hildebrandt and get your personal printed copy of the new edition of german documentaries 2020.


     



     EFM booth 17 with Thomas Frickel,
    [departing] Chairman & Managing Director AG DOK


     



    Februar 21, 2020 EFM • 70 BERLINALE with Kordula Hildebrandt
    &  Simone Baumann, Managing Director German Films


      


     


    Lola at Berlinale – the screenings of the shortlisted films for DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS – the German Film Award will be part of the European Film Market again. LineUp of the VORAUSWAHL – shortlisted german documentaries #lola20 click here.


     


     



    PARIS CALLIGRAMMES, ©1965 Ulrike Ottinger 


    The Berlinale Camera will be awarded to Ulrike Ottinger on Saturday, February 22, at 4.00 pm in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The world premiere of Ottinger’s documentary PARIS CALLIGRAMMES will be presented afterwards in the Berlinale SPECIAL section.


      



    PERRO


    For the first time the public TVstation Berlin-Brandenburg   Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg – rbb is sponsoring an award for the best documentary film at the Berlinale - The BERLINALE DOCUMENTARY AWARD.
    There are 21 current documentary entries from the Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections. They all celebrate their world premiere at the Berlinale 2020. The three nominated german documentaries are PERRO by Lin Sternal, AUTOMOTIVE by Jonas Heldt, and WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders. The three jury members are Alanis Obomsawin (Canada), Marie Losier (France/USA), and Gerd Kroske (Germany).


    This year, the Berlinale is presenting a total of 101 documentary films and forms across its film and exhibition programmes – including 17 german documentaries, and the number would be even higher if we included all the films that use documentary techniques in their narratives. This means that reality – however we wish to define it – is still the biggest source of inspiration for filmmakers.


     


     



     PURPLE SEA


    Forum & Forum Expanded The Berlinale Forum takes place for the 50th time in 2020. In collaboration with Forum Expanded, the section will be presenting the films shown in the year it was founded to celebrate this anniversary. Bringing the 1971 programme back to the big screen offers a way of examining an era as eventful in society as it was in culture. The relationship between the films, their historical context, and our own present day will form the subject of a day of panel discussions on February 27, 2020.


    german documentaries 2020 in this section



     


     



    SCHLINGENSIEF


    Panorama is explicitly queer, explicitly feminist, explicitly political – and at the same time seeks to think beyond these categories - always looking for what is new, daring, unconventional and wild in today’s cinema. Here you can encounter young, exciting talents from around the world and discover the latest works by renowned filmmakers.
    In terms of aesthetics and form, Panorama has its finger on the pulse of contemporary international cinema. Here a wide and curious audience can discover films that offer friction and provide material for discussion. The selection of films is simultaneously an invitation and a demand to see cinema in a different light.


    german documentaries 2020 in the section PANORAMAdocuments



     


     



    GARAGE PEOPLE 


     Perspectives on German Cinema Which perspectives can German film unfold? And what forms of cinematic expressions do the directors find for their first works? In a compact programme with four outstanding documentary and feature films each the Perspektive Deutsches Kino shows what motivates the new filmmakers and what questions they pose in reflection of society and its social and political orientation. Every film is a Heimatfilm, some even transform into Heimat horror.


    german documentaries 2020 in this section



      


     



    A DEMONSTRATION 


    This year, Berlinale Shorts is entering a new chapter. After Maike Mia Höhne headed the section for twelve years, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck has now taken over the position as curator and section head and presents her first programme. “The short form enjoys a special freedom, it sets its own rules,” says Henckel-Donnersmarck. “It operates outside the conventional distribution chains and doesn’t need to please the expectations of a market. Its special magic unfolds once established viewing habits are left behind. We are very much looking forward to sharing this magic with the audience.”


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    BLUE EYES AND COLORFUL MY DRESS


    Generation "A keen and open eye, the questioning of conventions and the often dramatic transgressions of borders make the films in the Generation programme particularly powerful: in their stories and topics, but also in their film language," says head of Generation Maryanne Redpath.


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     LineUP german documentaries 70 BERLINALE:



     


     


     


     




    Find us at booth 17 of the  European Film Market, GROPIUS BAU ground flooor and get your personal copy of german documentaries 2020, find the PDFs of the last years editions here.


     


     


    NEW THIS YEAR
    February 25, 2020 ARCHIVE DAY The EFM shines a light on archives and archival research with the first edition of Archive Day on the second floor at Gropius Bau. A conference and a sneak preview screening complement the business portion of Archive Day.



    BERLIN 1945



    Salon Talk with german documentaries:
    HIDDEN TREASURES: The Ins and Outs to Archive Research
    Part 1:  A case study on BERLIN 1945. Director Volker Heise and Editor Andrew Bird talk about the process and the challenges of creating this fast-paced 180-minute narrative that was assembled using solely archive footage.
    Part 2:  Featuring clips from recent films such as WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders, BEUYS by Andreas Veiel, INTO THE INFERNO by Werner Herzog and rare footage from the archive stock of the German Federal Archives, renowned Canadian archive producer Elizabeth Klinck compares notes with German producers, researchers and archivist on the various approaches to archival research, producing and licensing. With Head of Film Access Dr. Adelheid Heftberger, German Federal Archives, Producer Katharina Bergfeld, Flare Film and Archive Researcher Monika Preischl.


    Earlier that day there is a preview screening of the first part of Berlin 1945 by Volker Heise followed by a short Q&A with director Volker Heise, editor Andrew Bird and Dr. Patrick Hörl (Autentic Distribution).


     


     


    EFM-SCREENINGS of german documentaries:


    Section LOLA@Berlinale :
    •  AQUARELA by Victor Kossakovsky, Producers: Heino Deckert, Aimara Reques, Sigrid Dyekjær, Companies: MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktions GmbH, Aconite Productions, Danish Documentary
    •  BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree, Producer: Alex Tondowski, Companies: Tondowski Films, Golden Girls Film
     DEAR BROTHER | BRUDERLIEBE by Julia Horn, Producers: Erik Winker, Martin Roelly
    •  CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan, Producers: Helge Albers, Ilan Girard, Alla Kovgan, Companies: Achtung Panda! Media, Arsam International, Chance Operations
    • DARK EDEN by Jasmin Herold, Michael Beamish, Producer: Melanie Andernach, Companies: Made in Germany Filmproduktion
    •  THE FORUM | DAS FORUM by Marcus Vetter, Producer: Christian Beetz, Companies: Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Filmperspektive, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
    •  THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES | DAS GEHEIME LEBEN DER BÄUME by Jörg Adolph, Producer: Friederich Oetker, Company: Constantin Film Produktion
    •  HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME | HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, Producer: Heino Deckert, Company: MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktions GmbH
    •  HELMUT NEWTON — THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Gero von Boehm, Producers: Felix von Boehm, Torsten Bönnhoff, Companies: Lupa Film, Monarda Arts
    • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS | DIE INSEL DER HUNGRIGEN GEISTER by Gabrielle Brady, Producers: Alexander Wadouh, Gizem Acarla, Gabrielle Brady, Companies: Chromosom Film, Various Films, Third Films, Echotango
    •  GERMAN CLASS | KLASSE DEUTSCH by Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Producers: Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Georg Heinzen, Company: Polyphem Filmproduktion
    • LOVEMOBIL by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Producer as well as Company: Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss
    •  SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE |SCHLINGENSIEF – IN DAS SCHWEIGEN HINEINESCHREIEN by Bettina Böhler, Producers: Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti, Company: Filmgalerie 451
    •  THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN by Mirjam Leuze, Producer: Marcelo Busse, Company: busse&halberschmidt Filmproduktion oHG
    •  DIE TOTEN HOSEN — YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE | WEIL DU NUR EINMAL LEBST – DIE TOTEN HOSEN AUF TOUR by Cordula Kablitz-Post, Producer: Cordula Kablitz-Post, Company: avanti media fiction GmbH


    AND among others:
    ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, WS: auTLOOK
    BERLIN 1945 | BERLIN 1945 – Tagebuch einer Stadt by Volker Heise (sneak preview for part 1 followed by a short Q&A with director Volker Heise, editor Andrew Bird and Dr. Patrick Hörl, Autentic Distribution) WS: Autentic
    BUT BEAUTIFUL by Erwin Wagenhofer WS: The Match Factory
    BEYOND THE VISIBLE — HILMA AF KLINT | JENSEITS DES SICHTBAREN – HILMA AF KLINT by Halina Dyrschka  WS: mindjazz pictures .
    BUTENLAND by Marc Pierschel,   WS: mindjazz pictures
    DOUBLE INCOME, KIDS by Hendrik Schäfer, P: Essence Film GmbH
    THE FEMALE VOICE OF IRAN by Andreas Rochholl, WS: EuroArts Music International GmbH
    AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT by Jens Meurer, WS: auTLOOK .
    MUCHA: THE STORY OF AN ARTIST WHO CREATED A STYLE by Roman Vávra, WS: NEW DOCS
    NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA by Michel K. Zongo, WS: Rushlake Media .
    RUSSIA FROM ABOVE | RUSSLAND VON OBEN by Petra Höfer, Freddie Röckenhaus P: colourFIELD .
    THIS IS NOT A MOVIE by Yung Chang coP: SUTOR KOLONKO WS: Blue Ice Docs.
    touched by Jukka Rajala-Granstubb, Marc Wagenbach, P: TANZRAUSCHEN, Malakta Films Ltd, ear.productions
    A TUNNEL by Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili, coP: VENTANA FILM GMBH
    VIVOS by Ai Weiwei, WS: Cinephil.
    WU XING – Infinity of the Moment  by Jan Hinrik Drevs  P: Gebrueder Beetz Filmprod.


     


     




    February 27, 2020


    The annual meeting of members of the AG DOK — the German Doumentary Association takes place February 27, 2020 at the THÜRINGISCHEN LANDESVERTRETUNG Mohrenstr. 64, 10117 Berlin and starts at 9a.m. including board elections.
    C. Cay Wesnigk, german documentries representatives is again one of the elected board members. 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.


     



    Chairwoman Susanne Binninger & Chairman David Bernet
    Managing Directors AG DOK


    The celebration of 40 years AG DOK with Prof. Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and Media and Prof. Bernd Neumann, CEO German Federal Film Board (FFA) takes place at the VERTRETUNG DES LANDES BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG BEIM BUND Tiergartenstraße 15, 10785 Berlin at 6 pm, the same day. Attendance should be confirmed until Februar, 15, 2020.


     


     


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    • 70 BERLINALE 2020
    69 BERLINALE 2019
    68 BERLINALE 2018


     


     further information see press information of the 70 Berlinale such as:
    ONE HUNDERED AN ONE.
    Numerous New Features at DocSalon.
    LOLA@Berlinale Screenings as PDF.



    Berlin Film Market: Unsettled, Angry and Adjusting to Upheaval by Patrick Frater and Elsa Keslassy
    • "How is money generated? That's the main question in my film!" says Carmen Losman, director of OECONOMIA in this interview. The coverfoto of german documentaries is one of the film stills out of her documentary.


     

  • Sunny Side of the Doc CONNECTED EDITION June 22—25, 2020

      AGENDA OF SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC, JUNE 22—25, 2020 • With BERLIN 1945 produced by Zero One Film, Autentic Distribution presents a historic ...

     



    AGENDA OF SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC, JUNE 22—25, 2020


    With BERLIN 1945 produced by Zero One Film, Autentic Distribution presents a historic documentary that takes us into Berlin's most fateful year through the eyes of those who lived through it: the German population and the Allied soldiers.
    The Archive Workshop #1: Sourcing with Patrick Hörl, Managing Director, Autentic GmbH - Autentic GmbH and Mirjam Strasser Head of Sales & Acquisitions - Autentic GmbH as well as the well known Filmeditor Andrew Bird hosted by Elizabeth Klinck, Archive Producer & Copyright Clearance Specialist - Elizabeth Klinck Research is scheduled for Monday, June 22 at 03:00pm. [source PR June16, 2020]
    For more information and UpDates cklick here.


    Information as May 28, 2020, download as PDF.


    Sunny Side of the Doc‘s DNA goes digital: content, trends, networking


    In response to the massive disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of keeping the documentary community's activities alive, the 31st edition of Sunny Side of the Doc and the 4th edition of PiXii Festival will move to an exclusively online format for the very first time, taking place on 22nd to 25th June and streamed from La Rochelle, France.

    As the virus forces us indoors, we have been thinking of ways to invest in our digital spaces, and build robust connections that can compensate some of the physical proximity we're losing. These measures demonstrate our long term commitment to sustaining the creative health of the industry and making sure WE return together to a rich and vibrant ecosytem at the end of the crisis.

    In an interconnected world, this year's Connected Edition aims to provide the viable funding opportunities, valuable market intelligence, and networking services Sunny Side of the Doc is known for.
     
    This unique platform will enable all major industry stakeholders to connect for a series of tailor-made activities including pitch sessions, one-to-one meetings and also a significant programming of video resources and topical webinars (livestreamed Q&A, hands-on workshops, case studies) designed by top-level experts to foster extensive interactions with professional peers. What's more, the new digital format allows for some of the online offerings to remain accessible beyond 25th June 2020.
     
    The Sunny Side of the Doc Connected Edition is structured around three elements that are the foundation of this international marketplace's DNA:


    • Content First: showcasing quality-driven projects and programmes through pitches and an online screening library;
    • Trends and Industry Focused: having a finger on the pulse for the lastest trends and practices to help beat the crisis;
    • Community Driven: strengthening our real-world ties and maintaining international collaboration between talent, production companies, distributors, broadcasters and cultural centres.

    All our delegate passes will be streamlined into a new All Access - Connected Pass at a flat-rate fee of €200 (excl. tax) for the entire offering.


    Sunny Side of the Doc will also host an online screening library where buyers can watch programmes from international distributors and find projects currently in development. The library will remain running until the end of 2020. A new Rough Cuts section for documentaries in production from Central and Eastern Europe will be launched, in preparation of its country focus in 2021. The screening room will also host a selection of documentaries from peer festivals which have gone digital, in order to increase the exposure of their top programmes.


    Sunny Side of the Doc continues to provide a platform for exchanging crucial information to help navigate the international marketplace and anticipate developments during this current streaming age. History is this year’s theme of choice, running throughout the programme’s range of events from coproduction case studies, archives workshops and channel lineups, which have all been restructured and adapted for online viewing.


    Furthermore, the new online format means there will be more 30-minute Meet The Execs interactive sessions, enabling decision-makers from channels, platforms and cultural stakeholders to share their programming, acquisitions and co-productions strategies, as well as their projects for the season to come.


     


     


     





    As a physical showroom is no longer possible, the 2020 official selection will receive online exposure enabling creators from around the globe to showcase their immersive works via short video clips and targeted meetings.
    A series of digital culture kickstarters will also help boost professional development and enhance collaborative partnerships.


    TRAILER


    An international jury of industry experts will award prizes to:
    • The Best Immersive Experience
    • The Best Educative Content
    • The Best Museal Installation



     


     


    ...just to remember 30SSD in Summer 2019 when Germany was the COUNTRY in FOCUS

  • 33 IDFA Nov 18—29, 2020 in cinemas and online

    IDFA in Kriterion is back! Every month, Kriterion in Amsterdam picks one of the documentaries from the IDFA 2019 selection. This month it's ...

    IDFA in Kriterion is back! Every month, Kriterion in Amsterdam picks one of the documentaries from the IDFA 2019 selection. This month it's TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa screening June 21, 2020.


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


    press release June 11, 2020
     


     


    IDFA returns to cinemas in November 2020 
    extended by limited online screenings.


    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is planning its 33rd edition. With Dutch cinemas now re-opening, IDFA is looking forward to holding the festival in theaters from November 18th to 29th, albeit with potentially reduced capacity. The festival's competitions will remain intact, to be presented in cinemas and extended with limited virtual cinema screenings and events. 


    IDFA competition and audience screenings
    IDFA will once again offer a launchpad for new films. Every film selected for IDFA 2020 will premiere in cinemas, with a number of online screenings to follow. Limited tickets and scheduled screening times will be central components of IDFA’s virtual cinema model, ensuring the films are available to Dutch audiences who cannot attend in person. [for more information please visit the website of 33 IDFA]


     


     


     


    IDFA Industry
    This year, IDFA Industry will continue to connect a global network of documentary film professionals. Accredited guests who can travel are welcome to join the program in Amsterdam. During the festival, professional activities such as industry talks, sessions, and meetups will take place both in Amsterdam venues and online, ensuring they are available to accredited guests around the world. All will be organized with the highest hygiene measures and within the distancing and crowd limitations of the moment.

    The markets IDFA Forum—running November 23rd to 27th—and Docs for Sale will take place online. Wherever possible, other industry activities will combine virtual and in-person formats. In addition to selecting a new line-up of high-profile projects, the Forum will present a range of extra projects this year to support filmmaker teams looking for co-production and co-financing partners. Docs for Sale will offer new documentary films from this summer onwards in addition to previously released titles that have regained new relevance in 2020. Both the Forum and Docs for Sale will open for entries on June 12th. Accreditation will open in August.

    IDFA’s new talent development program IDFA Project Space is set to launch at the end of June. The program will offer creative and professional development to selected filmmakers from the IDFA Competition for First Appearance, the IDFA Bertha Fund, and IDFAcademy.
    Finally, IDFAcademy during IDFA—taking place November 19th to 20th and 23rd to 25th—will move to an online program in order to best accommodate filmmakers from all over the world. At the same time, IDFA Project Space will offer a continuation for selected filmmakers who are present in Amsterdam in November.


     


     


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    IDFA 2019
    IDFA 2018
    IDFA 2017

  • IDFA Nov 20 - Dec 1, 2019 Amsterdam

      Congratulation to the winners of the Student Documentary Competition! • Denize Galiao [HFF Munich] won the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary ...

     


    Congratulation to the winners of the Student Documentary Competition!
    • Denize Galiao [HFF Munich] won the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary for SAUDADE
    • and the jury awarded a special mention to Moritz Schulz [Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg] for SUMMERWAR.


    Congratulation to Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez Fernández, directors of
    IN A WHISPER a Spanish, French, Swiss, and Cuban Co-Production and Winner of the IDFA Competition of Feature-Lenght Documentary. More information about all the other winners here.


     


     



    MEET&GREET authors, producers, editors, world sales agents from Germany at GOETHE INSTITUT, November 24, 2019, 19:30 Herengracht 470, 1017 CA Amsterdam.


    New IDFA selections reflect the shape of the world, the shape of documentary film with female filmmaker majority across all competitions.
    DOCS FOR SALE facilitates sales of high-end documentaries by gathering all interested parties under one roof, as well as bringing them together through the Docs for Sale online services. Over the years, it has grown into one of the world’s premier markets for documentary cinema. Docs for Sale welcomes artistic documentaries from all over the world, and is open to films that target cinema, television, and online audiences. The Docs for Sale Lounge, Meet the Professionals sessions and various other activities offer great networking opportunities. Throughout the year, the market's catalogue is available to registered buyers through Docs for Sale online.

    IDFA announces about 30 selected German documentary productions and co-productions from the program of all sections such as Frontlight, Masters, Paradocs, and Best of Fests, IDFA on Stage, Paradocs, Luminous, Retrospective, Competition for First Appearance, Focus: It Still Hurts, Focus: Re-releasing History, School Program, Competition for Kids & Docs, Digital Storytelling, DocLab Spotlight, Competition for Student Documentary, DocLab Domesticating Reality as well as DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling,


     


     



    THE FORUM


    FRONTLIGHT, the non-competitive premiere program section returns with 9 out of 18 hard-hitting films that urge us to stand in solidarity with the world's vulnerable populations. From street protests in Ougadoudou to body politics in Scandanavia, Frontlight showcases incredible filmmakers and protagonists standing up for their rights. Eagerly anticipated selections includes the international premiere of the German documentary production Marcus Vetter's THE FORUM, with unprecedented access to world leaders at the Davos convention.


     


     



    HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME 


    MASTERS includes the latest films by auteurs whose work IDFA closely follows, and who have an unmistakable cinematographic signature. The section celebrates the great documentary filmmakers of our time with titles that span international, European, and Dutch premieres. IDFA here announces the first 17 titles of this program. The rest of the films will be announced at a later stage. One of the german documentaries in this venue is HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME - a chronicle of Germany through the prism of the director’s own family history. In voice-over, Thomas Heise reads documents from his family’s archive, accompanied by powerful black-and-white images of the 'guilty' landscape…


     


     



    UMBRA


    PARADOCS moves between film and art. Through innovative forms, the filmmakers seek freedom of the documentary genre. IDFA's experimental section returns with 12 works that push the limits of the documentary form. A selection of short, mid-length, and feature films showcase both established names and newcomers. One of the films is the german documentary UMBRA by Florian Fischer and Johannes Kreil. Without prior knowledge, UMBRA—winner of the Golden Bear for short film at Berlin International Film Festival—could be experienced as a mysterious sequence of narrative-free images. Fascinating sequences of optical phenomena—some familiar, some very mysterious—at the interface of documentary and experimental film. Are you seeing what you think you’re seeing?


     


     



    SEARCHING EVA



    THE CAVE



    NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA


    BEST OF FESTS  IDFA's take on the year's most outstanding documentary films, and offers 25 titles from the international festival circuit. Consisting of award winners from around the world, the program includes German documentary productions and coproductions such as TIFF hit THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad, Berlinale hits TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari, SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal as well as Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film in the programme of Perspektive German Cinema Maryam Zaree learning the truth about been BORN IN EVIN, a personal look at a traumatic national history that generally remains unspoken. Alongside the award winners, the program offers IDFA's tips for must-see films from the past year, such as Michel K. Zongo's NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA, following its premiere at FESPACO.


     


     




    LUMINOUS includes premieres only, with timeless, cinematic films that redeem the beauty of human relationships, expression, and empathy. As a child, filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain’s white parents told her that her dark skin color was a mere coincidence and of no importance. As a teenager, she accidentally discovered the truth and shares it with us in the german documentary BECOMING BLACK. The second german documentary WATERPROOF by Daniela König shows us the daily life of the independent-minded Khawla, who leads a group of women plumbers in Jordan. The cheerful and refreshingly frank atmosphere between the women comes under threat when she faces trial on corruption charges.


     


     



    OUT OF THE PRESENT


    RE-RELEASING HISTORY This focus program includes 11 films - including German co-production OUT OF THE PRESENT ©1995 - comprised entirely of pre-existing footage such as archival material, home movies, and found footage. Marking the next installment in IDFA’s long-running series about the craft of documentary filmmaking, Re-releasing History looks to the filmmakers’ emotional, political act of re-interpreting history with a new gaze. OUT OF THE PRESENT answers the question "What does history look like from space?" Mai 1991, cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev left for the Mir space station from the Soviet Union. When he returned 10 month later, he landed in Russia.


     


     



     FOCUS: IT STILL HURTS  Pre-empting the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, IDFA presents a focus program that explores our world as a post-war world. IT STILL HURTS is the largest focus program of IDFA 2019, with 13 titles — six of them German productions or co-productions — that raise questions on the many ways contemporary life is still defined by WWII — from case studies about the cold war and postcolonialism to cinematic meditations on victims and perpetrators.
    With the monumental study LIBERATORS TAKE LIBERTIES Helke Sander at the end of the 80s takes on the widespread rape of women at the end of World War II, mostly at the hands of Russian liberators. After a long silence, the affected women and their children tell their stories. With BLACK BOX GERMANY Andres Veiel draws a picture of West Germany in the 80s: a society riven by the legacy of World War II, which it had never fully processed by following up the life stories of Banker Alfred Herrhausen and the son of Eastern German refugees Wolfgang Grams. HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME is a chronicle of Germany through the prism of the director’s own family history. In voice-over, Thomas Heise reads documents from his family’s archive, accompanied by powerful black-and-white images of the 'guilty' landscape of his homeland.


     


     



    SUMMERWAR



    SAUDADE


    COMPETITION FOR STUDENT DOCUMENTARY Youth participation in politics takes center stage in the german documentary SUMMERWAR by Moritz Schulz [Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg], with a Ukrainian summer camp that trains the nationalist soldiers of tomorrow. And Afro-Brazilian filmmaker Denize Galiao [HFF Munich] is suffering from SAUDADE, a feeling sometimes described as 'the sorrow of loss.' In this richly layered film about emigration and identity, she explores and defines the feeling in a variety of ways.


     


     



    BUTENLAND 


    DOCS FOR SALE The world’s premier market for creative documentary cinema. Docs for Sale facilitates sales of high-end documentaries by gathering all interested parties under one roof, as well as bringing them together through the Docs for Sale online services. Over the years, it has grown into one of the world’s premier markets for documentary cinema. DOCS FOR SALE welcomes artistic documentaries from all over the world, and is open to films that target cinema, television, and online audiences. Here you'll find german documentaries premiering some days before at international Filmfestivals such as BUTENLAND at 53 Hof IFF.
    Get a sneak peek at the upcoming catalogue for IDFA's premier sales market, DOCS FOR SALE by watching online GODS OF MOLENBEEK by Reetta Huhtanen.


     


     


    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions  



     


     ...and DOCS FOR SALE are among others



     


    More than 100 authors, producers, editors, world sales agents from Germany are attending IDFA 2019 among others are


    SALES AGENTS — WORLD SALES COMPANIES
    Heino Deckert, Hanne Biermann, Liselot Verbrugge — Deckert Distribution GmbH 
    Georg Gruber — Magnetfilm GmbH
    Stefan Kloos, Diana Karklin — Rise and Shine World Sales
    Elina KewitzNEW DOCS


    PRODUCERS — PRODUCTION COMPANIES 
    Christian Beetz and Reinhardt Beetz, Alice Popplewell — Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion GmbH
    Alex Tondowsk, Ira Tondowskii — Tondowski Films
    Antje Boehmert — Docdays Productions GmbH
    Hans Robert Eisenhauer — Ventana Film
    Jascha Hannover — Florianfilm GmbH
    Christopher Hawkins — Conkertreefilm
    Johanna Jaurich — Fechner MEDIA GmbH
    Jürgen Kleinig — Neue Celluloid Fabrik
    Thomas Kufus, Kornelia Theune-Poncet — Zero One Film GmbH
    Ulla Lehmann, Andrea Roggon — AMA FILM GmbH
    Alix F. Meier — Apollofilm
    Jens Meurer — Instant Film UG
    Sarah Gross — Bugle Films
    Anahita Nazemi — Kobalt Documentary
    Sonia Otto — Indi Film GmbH
    Mario Pfeifer — blackboardfilms GmbH & Co.KG
    Tobias N. Siebert — BASIS Berlin Filmproduktion
    Florian Schewe — Film Five GmbH


     


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    IDFA 2020
    IDFA 2019
    IDFA 2018
    IDFA 2017


     ...last year:


     
  • postponed, cancelled or online only due to COVID-19

      and all the official requirements, 2020 some of the international film festivals are taking place as ONLINE EDITION, because a postponement ...

     


    and all the official requirements, 2020 some of the international film festivals are taking place as ONLINE EDITION, because a postponement of the festival is not possible. Neither the international festival calendar nor the regional cultural calendar offers a suitable time window. The international content markets send invitations to watch project pitches, tune in to exclusive market intelligence presentations and networking online in the comfort of your office or home.


     


     



     
    Holding MIPCOM and MIPJunior in a safe environment
    10-11 October / 12-15 October 2020
    'BACK TO BUSINESS OFFER — €375.-'
    more informations read the
    second call for German producers.


    Refund conditions: We fully expect to hold a safe and enjoyable MIPCOM and MIPJunior in Cannes this October. However, in the event of cancellation or in the event of a government travel ban (France or your country), your registration fees will be refunded to you at 100% or the amount will be offered as a credit towards either the MIPCOM online event or MIPTV/MIPCOM/MIPJUNIOR 2021.


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    2020 DOK.fest Munich comes to your home!
    Due to the corona crisis and all the official requirements, the organisators feel compelled not to let the 35th edition of the DOK.fest München May 6—17, 2020 take place in the usual form.  The festival takes place as an online festival DOK.fest München @Home 2020.
    For the full press release click here - and for more infomation, come back soon.
    stay healthy!


     For more information on international German documentary Film Festivals or Festivals with a documentary section please scroll down or click here for NEWS on International Film Festivals in Germany


     


     


     



     For LineUp of German productions and co-productions visit NEWS 51 Visions du Réel


     


     


     

    It's not over till it's over! CPH:DOX 2020 continues online until April 30 with an extensive selection of documentaries, available for everyone based in Denmark.


     


     



    Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival, June 04—09, 2020,  Sheffield, UK will not take place in its original form due to the current COVID-19 crisis. The pitching forums, the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market, will both proceed in June via virtual means. As part of a series of weekends throughout the Autumn,  the festival aims to present film screenings, talks, panels, artists’ events and community engagement activities. A full programme will be announced in due course. Keep updated by visiting the website of the festival.
    More information click here: Announcing altered activity for 2020 31 March 2020
    German producers, who want to join the event, click for more information here.
     View here [last year]   2019 Talks & Sessions_Sheffield Doc/Fest .


     


     


    So far, no further informations that  CoPro Israel,  are postponed or cancelled.  Sunny Side of the Doc  adapted its pitching sessions and calls for projects. 



    THE CONNECTED EDITION [click here for press release April 9, 2020]
    The 31st edition of the international marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences  Sunny Side of the Doc's DNA goes digital: content, trends, networking. The online event is structured around three elements that are the foundation of this international marketplace's DNA:
    • Content First: showcasing quality-driven projects and programmes through pitches and an online screening library;
    • Trends and Industry Focused: having a finger on the pulse for the lastest trends and practices to help beat the crisis;
    • Community Driven: strengthening our real-world ties and maintaining international collaboration between talent, production companies, distributors, broadcasters and cultural centres.
    • N E W   All delegate passes will be streamlined into a new All Access - Connected Pass at a flat-rate fee of €200 (excl. tax) for the entire offering.
      ° 1 Access to SSD&PiXii online activities
      ° 3 Projects/Programs
      ° 3 Submission to pitch sessions
      ° 1 Access to community space
      ° 1 Access to participant details
      ° 1 Digital Guide (Decision Makers & Cultural Stakeholders)
    • Submission Deadline Extended  April 23, 2020


     


     


     



    Hot Docs 2020 Festival postponed the festival's public screenings and pivots the onsite industry market to a digital offering.
    For more information cklick here. Or visit the website of HOT DOCS and find out more about the All-Access Online Pass ($250.-).


     


     



    22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival postponed due to the coronavirus.


    Part of the Agora Doc Market to take place online
    The Agora Doc Market was successfully completed online for the first time in its history, after the postponement of the 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, due to the coronavirus. The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is now live in 16 countries! For the first time, a film festival presents its pitching forum live and online!
    The awards of the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum and Docs in Progress will be announced on Thursday, March 12, 2020.


     


     



     


     


    MIPTV & MIPDOC 2020   has been cancelled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 and takes place online...
    MIPTV Online+, a free service for MIPTV, MIPDoc & MIPFormats 2020 delegates, launches next Monday, March 30. Featuring screenings, showcases, pitches & market intelligence sessions, it's the next best thing to the real thing! Meet the Producers to Watch! Check out our curated list of international producers, with global potential across drama, factual, formats and kids, and bring great stories to life. Download the full list, and find out more about MIPTV Online+ now!




    •••  MIPTV 2020 catch online opportunities for International Content Financing. Starting from March 30, Connect to miptv.com, log in and access premium MIPTV, MIPDoc & MIPFormats content curation, resources and tools by using the new MIPTV online+ service. Watch project pitches, tune in to exclusive market intelligence presentations and networking online in the comfort of your office or home.
    •••  MIPDoc 2020 – The world’s largest conference and co-production marketplace and screenings library for the factual community before the event, registered content rights holders/sellers can submit programmes, projects and IPs by logging in to the online portal at the link. During and after the event, sellers can review and download a report on their submissions.


    The next edition of MIPTV will take place April 12-15, 2021, with MIPDoc and MIPFormats scheduled for April 10-11, 2021.  


     



    CPH:DOX 2020 is set to roll out in a digital version
    In the light of the global crisis related to COVID19, and following the latest announcement from the Danish Government on March 11, 8.30PM further restricting public gatherings, CPH:DOX has decided to roll out its 2020 edition in a digital version. Sadly the planned +700 screenings of 220 films will not take place!
    and the online version is available in Danmark only.
    But CPH:CONFERENCE 2020 live on Facebook will be available worl wide.

    For more Information visit NEWs on CPH:DOX .

  • DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS – German Film Award 2020

        Congratulation to the producers Ira Tondowski & Alex Tondowski, winners of the German Film Award BEST DOCUMENTARY 2020 for the Production ...

     


     

    Congratulation to the producers Ira Tondowski & Alex Tondowski, winners of the German Film Award BEST DOCUMENTARY 2020 for the Production BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree


     



     



     


     



     


     


    Nominees for DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS category Best Documentary
     • Alex Tondowski & Ira Tondowski for BORN IN EVIN
     • Heino Deckert for  HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME
     • Frieder Schlaich & Irene von Alberti
    for SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE 


    BETTINA BÖHLER, director as well as editor of the filmportrait of Christoph SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE is one of the four nominees in the category BEST EDITING. Among others Bettina Böhler is also nominated for BEST SOUNDDESIGN with the fiction film UDINE.


    The awards will be presented by Edin Hasanovic in a ceremony at the PALAIS AM FUNKTURM at Hammarskjöldplatz in Berlin, April 24, 2020, 5p.m. For invited guests only, broadcasted by rbb/ARD at the same day. The presentation of BEST DOCUMENTARY starts at 54:30 by Charlie Hübner.


     



     



     



    More than 2 000 members of the German Film Academy from all trades decide on the nominations for the German Film Award 2020. The official announcement of the nominations in the 17 award categories is presented by Film Award Ambassadors Emilia Schüle and Kostja Ullmann, Academy President Ulrich Matthes and Minister of State Prof. Monika Grütters March 11, 2020.


     The three nominees for DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS category BEST DOCUMENTARY productions are:



    BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree, Producers: Alex Tondowski & Ira Tondowski, Companies: Tondowski Films, Golden Girls Film


    HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME | HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, Producer: Heino Deckert, Company: ma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH


    SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE | SCHLINGENSIEF – IN DAS SCHWEIGEN HINEINESCHREIEN by Bettina Böhler (nominated for Best Editing), Producers: Frieder Schlaich & Irene von Alberti, Company: Filmgalerie 451


    For the full list of the nominees #lola20 click here.


     



      



    Foto: © Florian Liedl - Deutscher Filmpreis 


    The members of the preselection committee DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS DOKUMENTARFILM (German Film Award) are: Kerstin Stutterheim, Frank Marten Pfeiffer, Martin Rabanus, Irene Höfer, Matthias Petsche, Isabelle Casez, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Christoph von Schönberg, Eva Kemme, Matthias Elwardt, Catrin Vogt.


     


     


     



     


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       • German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2019
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  • Visions du Réel online, April 17 — May 2, 2020

          ENTIRELY FOR FREE!  The 51st edition of the festival has been transformed into a digital version. Visions du Réel 2020 will take place ...

      


     



     ENTIRELY FOR FREE!


     The 51st edition of the festival has been transformed into a digital version. Visions du Réel 2020 will take place online from April 17 to May 2, 2020.


     



    TRAILER • 


    The sections of the festival are:
    Burning Lights International Competition: An international competition dedicated to new vocabularies and expressions, to research and to narrative and formal experimentation.
    Grand Angle: Feature films that have already wowed audiences at other festivals or that shall mark the coming year.
    International Feature Film Competition: Contemporary documentary filmmaking through a selection of original and singular feature films..
    International Medium Length & Short Film Competition: Contemporary documentary filmmaking through a selection of original and singular medium length and short films.
    Latitudes: A non-competitive section that aims to reveal a panorama of current documentary practices.
    National Competition: A competition dedicated to feature and medium length films produced or coproduced by Switzerland.
    Opening Scenes: A section dedicated to first short films or student films. The invited filmmakers present their films as part of the Festival’s official selection and participate in a specially developed programme of industry-related professional activities..



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  • CPH:DOX goes online + CPH:CONFERENCE March 23-27, 2020

        It's not over till it's over! CPH:DOX 2020 continues online until April 30 with an extensive selection of documentaries, available for ...

     



     


    It's not over till it's over! CPH:DOX 2020 continues online until April 30 with an extensive selection of documentaries, available for everyone based in Denmark.


     


     


     


     



     


     


    CPH:CONFERENCE 2020 live on Facebook
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    ­Due to the current global situation, the CPH:CONFERENCE will be streamed live between Monday, 23rd and Friday 27th of March on the CPH:DOX Facebook page - no accreditation is needed, the access is for free for everyone. Please find below a short overview of the updated schedule. For more programme details please visit CPH:CONFERENCE.


    Monday 23 March, 14.00 – 16.00 GMT+1
    Science is Culture
    Curated and moderated by Jessica Harrop, Sandbox Films. Together with an array of invited guests she will explore new approaches to science communication, engaging new audiences who do not think of themselves as science enthusiasts.

    Tuesday 24 March, 13.00 – 16.00 GMT+1
    Art, Technology & Change: The Descent of Man
    The host of the day is Mark Atkin, Crossover Labs. Mark will explore the role of the human in the Age of the Machine. He is joined by artists and thinkers who are questioning the place of (hu)man in our society and explore whether the interconnectedness of species extends to intelligent machines.

    Wednesday 25 March, 12.00 – 16.00 GMT+1
    Tackling Disruption: Industry, Platforms, Audiences
    Host of the day is CEO and founder of Storytek Sten-Kristian Saluveer. Documentaries are more relevant today than ever... if only they reach the right audiences at the right time, through the right format, mastering platforms and data, and embracing converging forms of storytelling. Meet the frontrunners that are preparing the industry for tomorrow.

    Thursday 26 March, 13.00 – 16.00 GMT+1
    Making Media Matter when the World is on Fire
    Hosted by Patricia Finneran, executive director at Story Matters. While the climate crisis rages and political divisions turn violent, how do we ensure that our movies matter, and who will fund them? Hear from global leaders in impact entertainment and a new crop of funders investing in real stories for change.

    Friday 27 March, 13.00 – 16.00 GMT+1
    Documenting the Future
    The CPH:CONFERECE concludes with a a day curated and moderated by CO-Founder of DIS Lauren Boyle. While imagining new possibilities doesn't guarantee making them come true, it sets the stage for new potentialities. How can documentary practice not only capture what has happened, but what could happen? Hear from artists, filmmakers, and thinkers who find truth through fiction or the fictional in everyday truths.

    CPH:CONFERENCE is presented in partnership with and in the framework of CPH:DOX, Copenhagen.


     


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    CPH:INDUSTRY online activities



    • CPH:FORUM is CPH:DOX’s financing and co-production event dedicated to facilitate the development and financing of creative and visually strong film projects with international potential, whether they are features, series or new media projects. CPH:FORUM 2020 will take place in a digital version.
      Click here for the CPH:FORUM 2020 online schedule March 23-27, 2020

    • CPH:MARKET is a curated film market that reflects CPH:DOX’s overall commitment to visually and artistically strong documentary films and offers professionals easy access to an extensive line-up of 165 contemporary documentary titles selected for CPH:DOX 2020.
      The online curated video library at Cinando is open to professionals during the entire festival 18-29 March 2020 and 30 days afterwards online through their CPH:DOX profile page.

    • CPH:LAB is CPH:DOX’s talent development programme that encourages creative risk taking, celebrates raw talent, facilitates collaboration across borders and business sectors and supports visionaries to push the existing boundaries of documentary filmmaking.
      This year the CPH:LAB participants will present their projects online to accredited guest on Kaleidoscope.fund on Thursday March 26 from 17:00-18:30. Pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings will be held on Friday March 27.


     


     


    CPH:DOX 2020 is set to roll out in a digital version


    In the light of the global COVID19-situation, this year CPH:DOX is rolling out in a digital version. The festival has partnered with Festival Scope to make an online film and talk programme available for a local audience. If you are based in Denmark, find out here how to participate in the festival. If you have an industry or press accreditation, more info will follow soon.
    We have had three days to create a brand new platform. If it isn’t working optimally, we promise that we will fix it. We have technicians working around the clock to help us. If you experience technical issues, please contact us at hotline@cphdox.dk or by phone on: +45 33 9307 34


    1) At cphdox.dk/online you will find the program of films with additional debates and Q&A’s, that can be watched in the period 18th March – 5th ofApril. More films are being added as we go along, so don’t fear if yourfavourite film is not there yet! It might appear at some point.
    2) Choose the film you want to see and start watching by clicking the ”Rent6€” button and creating your personal user.
    3) Enjoy the brand new virtual festival experience!


     



      The full programme for CPH:DOX 2020 was announced on February 20, 2020, with 52% of the 65 titles in competition directed by one or more female directors.


    LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions: 



     


     


     articles:
    CPH:DOX unveils 2020 competition line-up with 50/50 gender split (exclusive) by Orlando Parfitt



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    CPH:DOX 2019


     

  • 27 Hot Docs, April 30 - May 10, 2020

              27 Hot Docs 2020• postponed the festival’s public screenings  • pivots the onsite industry market to a digital offering Hot Docs ...

     


     


     



     



     


    27 Hot Docs 2020
    postponed the festival’s public screenings 
    pivots the onsite industry market to a digital offering


    Hot Docs Industry All-Access Online
    The Doc Shop, our secure viewing room, will be this year’s hub for industry content. The content will be accessible from April 30 to May 31, and includes: 

    Hot Docs Forum: Video-captured pitches and feedback from the industry’s leading decision makers.

    Professional Development Sessions: Close Up With... sessions, Micro-Meetings, and a selection of COVID-19 and industry-focused sessions will be available to support documentary productions in this new paradigm. There will also be resources on emergency funding and mental health. 

    • 2020 Festival Film Selections: Discover and enjoy a curated selection of this year’s festival films.
    Available in The Doc Shop.

    Upload Your Film: One upload of your finished or rough-cut film to The Doc Shop, where buyers and decision makers can access it and connect with you directly about sales opportunities. Capacity limited.

    • NEW! Online Guide to Decision Makers: A digital guide to the companies and decision makers participating in this year’s market programs.


    In addition, Hot Docs Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous will proceed as planned, with Hot Docs facilitating these curated pitch meetings between participants.


     



     27 Hot Docs  announced the full list of 2020 Festival selections!


    LineUp of German productions and co-productions :



     


     


    CLOSE UP WITH... SESSIONS
    Learn what commissioners and funders are looking for—right from the source! Featuring A24 Documentaries, ARTE France, Al Jazeera English - Witness, NHK and NHK Enterprises, Radio Télévision Suisse and Sveriges Television (SVT).


    DIGITAL GUIDE TO DECISION MAKERS
    This valuable resource, featuring company profiles, contact information and more, is now available to all registered industry delegates via the Hot Docs Online Community.
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  • 27 Sheffield Doc|Fest, June 4-9, 2020

          Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the team of Sheffield Doc|Fest announces that this year’s edition will not take place in its original ...

     


     



     


    Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the team of Sheffield Doc|Fest announces that this year’s edition will not take place in its original form.
    The pitching forums, the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market, will both proceed in June via virtual means. As part of a series of weekends throughout the Autumn, the Sheffield Doc|Fest team aims to present film screenings, talks, panels, artists’ events and community engagement activities.
    For more information please visit the website of the festival .


     


    The team of Sheffield Doc|Fest hope everyone is staying healthy and sane in these trying times. In the spirit of togetherness they have put together a list of Sheffield Doc/Fest films you can watch. They will keep adding to it as filmmakers continue making films available to audiences online. 
    One of the is the german documentary:
    THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JOHN IRVING by André Schafer, produced by George Roy Hill, MeetMarket 2010 | ©Germany 2012 is one of them. Available on Amazon.



    THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JOHN IRVING by André Schäfer


     


     


     


    The pitching initiatives MeetMarket (for features and series) and Alternate Realities Talent Market (for new media creatives) are set to proceed via virtual video-conferencing from 8 to 10  June, 2020


     


    For the 15th edition of the MeetMarket 48 projects, chosen from over 500 applications, have been invited to present to international industry representatives including funds, foundations, commissioning editors for broadcast and SVOD platforms, distributors, sales agents, festival programmers, NGOs, and co-production partners. 


    Organisations so-far confirmed to take part include Altitude Film Sales, ARD/NDR, ARTE France, AVROTROS, BBC Storyville, Berlinale EFM, Blue Ice Docs, Boudica Films / Initialize, Canal+ / Movistar+, Cargo Film Sales, CAT&Docs, Catapult Film Fund, Chicken and Egg, Cinephil Distribution & Co-Productions, Cinereach, Cineteve, Compulsory Viewing, Creative Artists Agency, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), Deckert Distribution, DocSociety, Documentary Educational Resources, Dogwoof, ESPN, Field of Vision, First Hand Film Sales, Fremantle Media, Globo News, Icarus Films, IFP Independent Filmmaker Project, Impact Partners, Java Films, Journeyman Pictures, Kino Rebelde, KinoSmith, Kloos & Co. Medien / Rise and Shine World Sales, Little Dot Studios, Mediawan, Monoduo Films, MUBI, National Geographic, NEON, New York Times, NHK, NRK, NTR, Open City Documentary Festival, ORF, Passion Pictures Films, Picturehouse Entertainment, POV, RBB/ARTE, SBS, Sideways Film, Sky, SomeSuch & Co, Submarine, Sundance, Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute Fund, SVT, Sweet Spot Docs, Syndicado Film Sales, Taskovski Films, The Film Sales Company, The Guardian, The Party Film Sales, Together Films, TOPIC Media, Tribeca Film Institute, TRT World, Upside, VPRO, VRT, Whicker’s World Foundation, WideHouse, WRD, YesDocu / DBS, ZDF.



    German productions and co-productions of the MEET MARKET SELECTED PROJECTS 



    • MIDWIVES by Hnin Ei Hlaing, P: Ulla Lehmann – AMA FILM GmbH, [Myanmar, Germany, Canada]
      Two midwives work side by side in a makeshift medical clinic. Filmed over three tumultuous years, their remarkable relationship reveals both tensions and the hope inherent in their common cause.

    • DON'T CALL ME MAD by Zora Küttner, P: Delaval Films, Sandpaper Film, [United Kingdom, Germany]
      Filmmaker, Zora follows her father back to Germany to explore a radical social experiment he carried out twenty-five years earlier. Did he succeed in altering the life arc of a group of severely mentally ill patients? A very personal film in which a psychologist and his daughter explore what constitutes a life worth living.

    • I AM SARAH by Charly Wai Feldman, P: Anna Von Dziembowska, Daniel Druhora, [United Kingdom, Germany]
      I am Sarah follows young Sarah Mardini, a Syrian swimmer turned humanitarian in Europe, at a critical point in her life: she’s accused of running a people smuggling operation by the Greek government and could face a life sentence. In her fight for justice, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery


     


     


     


    The Alternate Realities Talent Market, now in its 7th edition, exists to foster collaborations between artists, creatives and organisations focused on using digital technologies to push storytelling in exciting new directions. This year 20 teams have been selected for match-made connections with curators, exhibitors, galleries, museums, international festivals, broadcasters, funding bodies, NGOs and distributors.


    The creative teams this year range from exciting emerging artists working in digital for the first time, to veteran VR Award winners at Venice Film Festival. There is a wide range of media that the participants are working in, ranging from VR headset experiences, to multi-channel video installations, augmented reality, live motion capture, and immersive dance and theatre performances.


    Confirmed industry representatives so far include Abandon Normal Devices, Artangel, ARTE, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Birmingham Open Media, National Science and Media Museum, British Underground, Centre Phi, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Crossover Labs, Digital Catapult, FutureEverything, HOME MCR, HTC Vive, Iconic Engine, National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Open City Documentary Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Serpentine Gallery, Sky VR, SXSW, Tate Galleries, Tribeca Film Institute, Wellcome Trust, Venice Biennale, and York Mediale.


     


     


      


     



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  • SILBERSALZ Science&Media Festival, Oct. 14—18, 2020

          The SILBERSALZ Science&Media Festival is postponed from June to October 2020 due to COVID-19. SILBERSALZ is the first international ...

     


     



     


    The SILBERSALZ Science&Media Festival is postponed
    from June to October 2020
    due to COVID-19.


    SILBERSALZ is the first international Science&Media festival of its kind, taking place in 2020 from 14 until 18 October for the third time in Halle/Saale.
    As a combination of festival and conference, SILBERSALZ makes science accessible in a clear and vivid fashion while simultaneously serving as a platform for the exchange of ideas and mutual inspiration.
    The aim of SILBERSALZ is to provide the general public with access to scientific topics and to allow them to ask questions, thereby promoting a lively and active engagement with science in general.
    The SILBERSALZ program is extensive, varied and is aimed at anyone who is interested, whether young or old, layman or expert, science fan or sceptic.


     


    Call for Science Projects!


    Submissions are open to all scientists, science journalists and media professionals (producers, filmmakers, distributors) looking to develop their science project ideas into factual series, documentary one-offs, and interactive, immersive experiences. All scientific topics, research areas and disciplines are accepted.
    We accept submissions from all countries, and all applications should be made in English.
    Please note that all sessions will be conducted in English. Download the flyer as PDF here.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Applications will close on August 14, 2020 (12:00 CEST).
    For more information please visit www.silbersalz-festival.com.


     

  • 63 DOK Leipzig Oct 26 – Nov 01, 2020

        63rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film26 October to 1 November 2020   The Call for Entries for the 63rd ...

     


     



    63rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
    26 October to 1 November 2020



     


    The Call for Entries for the 63rd edition of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films is now open. 
    You can submit creative documentaries and animated films as well as animated documentaries of all lengths and interactive works like VR, AR, XR, installations, media art and other formats. Please find all answers to your questions in our FAQ. Ready to set off? We are looking forward to your submission.


     


     


     


    DOK Industry .


    Every year, more than 1,800 professional guests from more than 60 countries come to Leipzig to participate in over 50 events under the umbrella of DOK Industry.
    Up-and-coming filmmakers gaining their first experiences as well as award-winning, veteran filmmakers from across the globe mingle 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 growing hub for interactive and immersive arts practitioners and experts.
    • 120+ festival programmers
    • 300+ commissioners, buyers, distributors, sales agents and funders
    • 350+ producers
    • More than 1,100 scheduled individual meetings at the Co-Pro Market and Meet the Experts Meetings
    • Daily networking Get Together cocktails and parties
    • Over 20,000 € in services and prizes to win
    • Interactive Conference Day with 80 immersive artists and experts


    Due COVID-19 crisis head of DOK Industry Brigid O'Shea is preparing the very first online edition of the DOK Industry Programme at DOK Leipzig 2020.


     WEBINAR: Get to know your DOK Co-Pro


     



    • DOK Co-Pro Market
      Due to the ongoing public health crisis COVID-19 and its impact on the audiovisual industry, the DOK Industry Programme will be an online offering in 2020. This includes the DOK Co-Pro Market. Feature-length documentaries, interactive works and series that contain creative documentary elements are welcome to submit.
      35 projects in development or early stages of production will meet online on October 26 & 27, 2020 to meet potential co-producers, co-financiers, broadcasters, funds, distributors and sales representatives. The goal is to expand networks, create fruitful opportunities to finance new creative documentaries and face the radical challenges that have presented themselves this year head on.
      Submissions ends August 1, 2020.

    • DOK Film Market
      Discover more than 200 new documentary and animation titles ready for international circulation and distribution in our curated video library. Rights holders can also take advantage of priority access to the DOK Industry Services.

    • Interactive Conference Day
      Take a day for inspiration and community at the DOK Interactive Conference Day if you are curious about new ways of telling stories and forms of artistic expression. Look here for connection with peers also working in the fields of immersive arts!

    • DOK Short n’ Sweet
      3 minutes to convince a panel of experts to finance your next short! Open for animation, documentary and whatever border-pushing format you can dream of. The pitch will take place online like the complete DOK Industry programme. The call for short films will open in September 2020.

    • DOK Preview
      Get a sneak peek into new artistic documentaries ready for distribution and circulation at our two works-in-progress presentations. Mingle with your colleagues at their exclusive networking receptions after the screenings.

    • ...for more information please visit the website DOK Industry or DOK Industry FB


     


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  • MIPDOC and MIPTV

      JUNE 2020 Information:BACK TO BUSINESS OFFER €375.- Holding MIPCOM and MIPJunior in a safe environment 10-11 October / 12-15 October 2020Second ...

     


    JUNE 2020 Information:
    BACK TO BUSINESS OFFER €375.-
    Holding MIPCOM and MIPJunior in a safe environment
    10-11 October / 12-15 October 2020
    Second Call for German producers
     


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    MIPTV & MIPDOC 2020 goes online


    SORRY, we will not get face to face at Palais -1 Stand N° P-1.A50 during MIPTV & MIPDOC March 28—April 2, 2020, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. BUT the latest edition of our catalogue is available for download here: german documentaries 2020.


    MIPTV & MIPDOC 2020  has been cancelled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 and takes place online.
    MIPTV Online+, a free service for MIPTV, MIPDoc & MIPFormats 2020 delegates, launches Monday, March 30. Featuring screenings, showcases, pitches & market intelligence sessions, it's the next best thing to the real thing! Meet the Producers to Watch! Check out the curated list of international producers, with global potential across drama, factual, formats and kids, and bring great stories to life. Download the full list, and find out more about MIPTV Online+ now!


     



     


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    MIPTV - The Global Content Market for the Future takes places as MIPTV ONLINE+
    Starting from March 30, Connect to miptv.com, log in and access premium MIPTV, MIPDOC & MIPFormats content curation, resources and tools by using the new MIPTV online+ service. Watch project pitches, tune in to exclusive market intelligence presentations and networking online in the comfort of your office or home.


     



     


    March 28-29 2020 the SCREENINGS LIBRARY comes to Your home! 


     


     


     



    Sabine Pollmeier, Anja Unger, Björn Jensen 
    Let's get face to face next year!



     MIPTV – The Global Content Market for the Future,
    April 12—15, 2021 - Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
    4 days of opportunities
    • launch and discover new content • forge partnerships • negotiate financing and distribution agreements
    • find co-production opportunities • explore the latest trends.



     MIPDoc - The world’s largest conference and co-production marketplace and screenings library for the factual community.
    April 10-11, 2021 at Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.


     


     


     


      



    Cannes 2018 with german documentaries 2018


     



    german documentaries 2020 published at EFM durng the 70 Berlinale
    Sadly, not available in Cannes April 2020


     



    Cannes, MIPTV & MIPDOC April 2019, german documentaries 2019 


     


    Find the PDF of the newest edtition as well as those of the past decade german documentaries catalogue here or browse german documntaries online.


      


    Watch german documentaries in MIPDoc's Screenings Library, the perfect destination for creators, producers and distributors to stand out to the Factual Industry most influential leaders. This time at your office or home.


     



     


    Let's get face to face April 2021!

     


     


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  • THE CAVE nominated for 92 Academy Award — OSCAR 2020 Documentary Feature

    directed by Feras Fayyad , co-produced by Heino Deckert [ma.ja.de.] and Sigrid Dyekjær [Danish Documentary Production]   Editor Per K. Kirkegaard is ...

    directed by Feras Fayyad , co-produced by Heino Deckert [ma.ja.de.] and Sigrid Dyekjær [Danish Documentary Production]



     


    Editor Per K. Kirkegaard is proud of THE CAVE's road to the Oscars. The documentary from filmmaker Feras Fayyad immerses viewers into the Syrian Civil War, showing the brutality and tragedy of the conflict. Fayyad and his team shot in the heart of Syria, amid bombings, over a five-year period. “We are so glad we can give the people of Syria a voice,” Kirkegaard says. “Getting to the Oscars means we can get the message out to society about what is going on.” (read the whole article here ‘The Cave’ Editor on Cutting Syrian Civil War Footage: ‘It Was Like Hell Going Into Work Every Day’ by Jazz Tangcay)


     


     



    Dr. Amani Ballour and the brave DoPs of THE CAVE.
    Cinema for Peace gave money for her foundation 

     


     

  • 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.


     


    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.


     


    single page:
    8th iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival

  • 41 Filmfestival Max Ophuels Preis, Jan 20—26, 2020

      Best Documentary goes  to  RULES OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE, AT HIGH SPEED  by Yulia Lokshina  The Audience Award Documentary goes to LOST IN FACE ...

     



    Best Documentary goes  to  RULES OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE, AT HIGH SPEED  by Yulia Lokshina 


    The Audience Award Documentary goes to LOST IN FACE by Valentin Riedl as well as  Best Score Documentary for Antimo Sorgente.


     CONGRATULATION!


     



     For 41 years, the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival has been dedicated to the presentation and promotion of young German-language films. With its focus exclusively on works by new talents from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, the Max Ophüls Prize is regarded as the most important young film festival in the German-speaking world.


     LineUp of German productions — competition documentary: 



     


     



    Rosa von Praunheim


    ...and the Award of Honour 2020 goes to Rosa von Praumheim


    "Countless contributions in the past 40 years of our up-and-coming film festival would never have come about without the influence and work of Rosa von Praunheim. For the young talents, but also for our society, he is an unconditional role model in his multi-faceted work," says festival director Svenja Böttger. "We are very pleased to award Rosa von Praunheim with the festival's honorary prize for his inspiration and encouragement to us all to draw art from the heart".


    download the PDF with the whole program of 41ffmop2020 here


     


    as single page:
    41 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2020
    40 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2019


     


    See you next year


     

     

  • 27 FILMFEST HAMBURG September 26 - October 5, 2019

    #FFHH19 From 26 September to 5 October 2019, FILMFEST HAMBURG invites you to its 27th edition in the Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis ...

    #FFHH19



    From 26 September to 5 October 2019, FILMFEST HAMBURG invites you to its 27th edition in the Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis, Passage and Studio-Kino cinemas. The 17th MICHEL Children's and Youth Film Festival will take place from 27 September to 5 October in the Abaton cinema. 

    FILMFEST HAMBURG is a film festival for the public, frequented by more than 40,000 cinema fans every year. Over the course of ten days in autumn, around 140 national and international feature films and documentaries are shown on eleven screens for their world premiere, European premiere or German premiere.
    In twelve permanent and annually changing sections, the programme ranges from cinematically sophisticated arthouse films and innovative mainstream cinema to a colourful film and events programme for the youngest cinema visitors.
    As a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue, a large number of the films are presented in person by the film creators in Hamburg. Numerous events make FILMFEST HAMBURG an important meeting point for cinema enthusiasts and the film industry alike. 
    In twelve sections, FILMFEST HAMBURG shows national and international feature films and documentaries as world premieres, European or German premieres. The programme spectrum ranges from sophisticated art house films to innovative mainstream cinema.


     


     


     LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions:


  • 34 DOK.fest Munich, May 8–19, 2019

      Planning in view of the Corona crisis 35 DOK.fest Munich, May 6–17, 2020 In view of current developments and the ban on major events until ...

     


    Planning in view of the Corona crisis 35 DOK.fest Munich, May 6–17, 2020
    In view of current developments and the ban on major events until 19 April 2020, we are examining all the conditions for holding our festival from 6 to 17 May 2020. The DOK.fest Munich team is currently continuing to work on the planning and organisation of this year's festival. At the same time, we are of course monitoring further developments and are in contact with the responsible authorities and our partners. In the event that no major events can take place in May, we are working on a plan B. We will keep you up to date.


     



     


     


     



     



     


    The 34th edition of DOK.fest Munich presents 159 films from 51 countries at 20 venues in the city, categorised in 12 sections. Such as DOK.international, the international competition of the festival. 13 documentaries compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, worth 10,000 EUR. DOK.horizonte with films about countries undergoing transition, nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte. DOK.panorama shows innovative productions from all over the world mapping the diversity and current trends of documentary storytelling. 24 of the 36 films are premieres, discoveries that have not been seen on German screens. DOK.deutsch — documentaries with people and events in German speaking countries. Student Award the student competition of DOK.fest Munich presents outstanding documentary films by students of German-speaking film schools, nominated for the Megaherz Student Award. DOK.focus humaNature with films tracing the connection betweenman and nature. Munich Premieres with documentaries by directors or producers based in Munich.  DOK.network Africa filmmakers and audiences from Germany and African countries meet on eye-level: the role of documentary films, filmmaking and perceptions of each other are on the agenda. DOK.4teens [DOK.education] with documentaries recommended for people from the age of 14. DOK.special works together with cultural and social institutions and the media industry, with films about particular events and topics at often unusual places in the heart of Munich. BEST OF FESTS with a total number of 21 films that have already been shown and awarded at international festivals. Nine of them are German premieres. DOK.guest Russia with six documentaries answering the question "What is people’s everyday life like in the vast country from the Polar Sea to China and its diverse ethnicities?"


     



    GANZ GROSSES KINO CINEMA AT IT'S BEST with four German documentary productions and co-productions premiering in the Deutsche Theater:



     ALL awarded documentaries of 34 DOK.fest 2019 are screened on Sunday May 19 2019.


     


    AWARD WINNING german documentaries 2019 


     


    German Documentary Film Music Award 2019 goes to Jana Irmert for her work with STRESS by Florian Baron. "The special way in which Jana Irmert combines composition and film not only reflects the destructive tension and the permanent psychological state of alarm of the severely traumatised young war veterans, but also creates an important space for the sound of the words that characterises the content, thus creating an echo chamber for the audience's thoughts and feelings. In her soundtrack to STRESS, the composer dissolves the boundaries between sound design and musical composition in a virtuoso and at the same time self-evident way, thus creating a sound cosmos that, through uncompromising reduction, generates brutal knowledge." according to the jury.


     


     

    VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2019 goes to Fabian DriehorstFabian&Fred GmbH - producer of BOY OF WAR by Cyprien Clément-Delmas and Igor Kosenko. 
    'The film consistently pursues a difficult topic: a young man from the Ukraine dedicates his life to the fascination of war and wants nothing more than to finally move to the real battlefield. Directors and producers encounter this life plan without prejudice and curiously. The company works without smoke and mirrors. Not only do they run full financial risk, they also accept to shoot in dangerous war and crisis scenes. With this award we reward the high commitment of the producer, his firm belief in this mysterious material in which war becomes a cult, and his great willingness to take risks' according to the jury. Members of the jury are Birgit Schulz (CEO of BILDERSTURM Filmprod. GmBH and last year winner), Prof. Ulrich Limmer (Collina Filmrod. GmbH & HFF Munich) and Thomas Frickel (AG DOK chairman).


      


    FairFilmAward Non-Fiction 2019  is presented by the members of Crew United with the support of numerous industry associations, including the FVSW Filmverband Südwest and honors production companies offering particularly fair working conditions.
    The winner are Andrea Haas-Blenske, Volker Schmidt-Sondermann, CEO's of the production company Ifage Filmproduktion GmbH and the two other nominies have been Flare Film GmbH as well as
    Bilderfest Factual Entertainment.


     


    DOK.fest Award of the SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2019  Focus on young life worlds - the DOK.fest Award of the SOS Children's Villages worldwide honours documentary films that tell an outstanding story from the perspective of children and young people. The award is endowed with 3,000 euros. The award is sponsored by B.O.A. Videofilmkunst. Joost Vandebrug receives this award 2019 for his debut film BRUCE LEE & THE OUTLAW. He accompanied the Bucharest street boy Nicu for six years. Nicu found a home at Bruce Lees, the king of the underworld, at his underground tunnels. He gets food and something like a family. But drugs are omnipresent, like the silver Aurolac that the children constantly inhale with their plastic bags.
    The nominated german documentaries have been BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK by Mari Gulbiani. In a Georgian village from which many men have left for Syria, two girls escape the common longing for their fathers through the magic of cinema. GODS OF MOLENBEEK by Reetta Huhtanen. The friends Amine and Aatos live in the same house. Their universe is about spiders, the search for God and one day about terror, which changes life in their district Molenbeek. A contemporary childhood study far removed from all clichés. ISIS, TOMORROW. The Lost Souls of Mosul by Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio RomenziISIS may have lost the war, but the simple act of surrender cannot erase the deadly ideology. What happens to the youngest losers (and their mothers) who have no memory of a world before ISIS?.   Click for all of the nominees here.


     


    VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international goes to
    DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION | REVOLUTION REVISITED by Andreas Hoessli, 107min, Polen/Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international] "We recognize a precise psychological portrait of a perpetually shattering world. As this essay moves across time, it transcends the power of record and documentation alone, to survey the remains of revolution, in conversation with romanticism and limitation." Sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk and Global Screen, worth 10,000 Euros


     


    FFF Bayern Documentary Talent Award goes to CONGO CALLING by Stephan Hilpert, 90min, Germany [Münchner Premieren]
    "Stephan Hilpert's CONGO CALLING tells the story of the dilemma of European development aid and its failure, both large and small, in a reserved and yet very close way. The fact that this cinematic balancing act succeeds is not least due to the unobtrusive and at the same time precise camera, which takes the viewer on a journey into the politically restless heart of Africa."
    Sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, worth 5,000 Euros, for upcoming Bavarian directors


     


    VIKTOR DOK.horizonte goes to ESTA TODO BIEN - IT'S ALL GOOD by Tuki Jencquel, 70min, [DOK.horizonte
    "In his cleverly constructed documentary film Tuki Jencquel recounts how the people in Venezuela are suffering from a shortage of medicines and a real exodus of doctors who are migrating abroad. Patients for whom the lack of medicinal supplies amounts to a death sentence; young doctors who have decided to stay against the odds; and despairing pharmacists whose shops stand empty are used as examples by the director to reveal what is seldom shown in news coverage on the subject."
    Sponsored by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung, worth 3,000 Euros


     


    megaherz Student Award goes to
    IN SEARCH... by Beryl Magoko, 90min, [megaherz student award]
    "IN SEARCH ... is personal research and political act at the same time, told in a humorous and touching way, without ever being judgmental or dogmatic. It is a difficult subject, not captivating by its dramatization, but precisely by the opposite. Here, film aesthetics and concept step into the background in favour of the director's immediate gaze, thereby creating a space for the incomprehensible yet deeply human"
    Sponsored by megaherz, worth 3,000 Euros

    Special Mention Student Award goes to ANOTHER LIFE by Jan Prazak, 72min, DE/A, [megaherz student award]


     


    BR kinokino Audience Award goes to
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    Awarded by kinokino, the film magazine of Bayerischer Rundfunk.


      


    BR kinokino Audience Award goes to  MISSION LIFELINE by Markus Weinberg, Luise Baumgarten, 67min, Germany [DOK.panorama]


     


     


     


    Best Doks - Shortlist Megaherz Student Award .
    IN SEARCH... by Beryl Magoko, 90min, [megaherz student award]
    • TIERE | ANIMALS by Jonas Spriestersbach, 75min,  [megaherz student award]


    Best Doks Shortlist
    • BRUDERLIEBE | DEAR BROTHER by Julia Horn, 106min,  [DOK.deutsch]
    • CLOSING TIME by Nicole Vögele, 116min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international]
    NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA by Michel K. Zongo, 79min, Burkina Faso/DE [DOK.horizonte]
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    • DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION | REVOLUTION REVISITED by Andreas Hoessli, 107min, Polen/Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international]


    Best Doks - Audience Favourite
    LIONHEARTED — OUT OF COVER | LIONHEARTED – AUS DER DECKUNG by Antje Drinnenberg, 93min, Germany [Münchner Premieren]
    SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal, 84min, Germany  [BEST OF FESTS]
    I AM ANASTASIA by Thomas Ladenburger, 95min, [DOK.deutsch]
    •TANZ AUF DEM VULKAN by Maya Reichert, 90min, [Münchner Premieren]


    Best Doks Shortlist DOK.deutsch
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    BRUDERLIEBE | DEAR BROTHER by Julia Horn, 106min,  [DOK.deutsch]
    OUT OF PLACE by Friederike Güssefeld, 80min, Germany [DOK.deutsch]


     


    LineUp german documentary productions and co-productions




    DOK.special in memoriam  This year we mourn the death of four pioneers of European documentary film who have shaped the style of entire generations. Four great names closely interwoven with the history of the 20th century: Agnès Varda, Marceline Joridan-Ivens, Claude Lanzmann and Klaus Wildenhahn,  founding member of AG DOK.


     


     

    AG DOK Brunch in the back yard of Hansa-Haus, Brienner Straße 39, starts 11o'clock on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Visitors of DOK.fest Munich wellcome.



     



    Sunday, May 12, 14 o'clock at the HFF: Deutschland – Doku-Land symposium with Fritz Wolf, hosted by AG DOK - Germany Documentary Association.


     


     


     


     


     


     



     


      



    SPEED DATING for women in the film business and editors of TVstations. May 10, 2019, 19:00 - 21:30 at the HFF Munich.
    Registration ended April 29, 2019.


    Oragnizing this event ProQuote Film, AG DOK and BVR will give participating female filmmakers the opportunity to get to know other trades and form new networks as part of DOK.forum Perspektiven at the 34 DOK.fest Munich. Editors are invited to introduce their fields of work and to get to know filmmakers and their projects at 12-minute one-on-ones. After the event, the DOK.forum Lounge will offer the opportunity to deepen one or two new acquaintanceships.






     


     DOK.forum Marketplace May 9—11, 2019  at HFF MUNICH
    The most exciting concepts for documentary film, film composition, series, webdoc, VR and interactive media. The DOK.forum Marketplace uses targeted matchmaking to bring projects in the development stage together with producers, commissioning editors and distributors - in competition for awards and grants.



    • ROUNDTABLES In moderated 90-minute Roundtable Sessions, filmmakers discuss their latest projects in an exclusive and pleasant atmosphere with commissioning editors, producers, distributors, sales agents and funders.


    • EXTENDED ONE-to-ONE To complement the discussions in the roundtables and after the pitchings, the DOK.forum Marketplace offers carefully curated One-to-One Meetings of 15 minutes each. The meetings will be arranged in advance and during the marketplace upon request of the decision makers.


    • MARKETPLACE SCREENINGS Up to 10 projects in rough cut will be presented in a closed screening buyers, distributors, sales agents and festival curators.


     • DOK.forum MARKETPLACE AWARDS  With the new British Pathé Archive Award for outstanding archive film projects, the German Composition Funding Award for Film Composition and the Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms, DOK.forum Marketplace offers three endowed competitions. 

    •• This year's German Composition Funding Award goes to Max Gausepohl for the composition project for MAU KE MANA - OR: WHERE ARE YOU GOING? directed by Max Sänger.


     



      • ALL DIGITAL?—THE DOCUMENTARY SLAM Pitching for the future of filmmaking Digitalization is rapidly changing the film industry. Conventional strategies of the industry are challenged in all areas of filmmaking - from development, financing and production to distribution: no one can escape digital change. In order to actively shape this development, we must see it as an opportunity for our industry.
    With the Documentary Slam ALL DIGITAL? we provide a platform for ideas that put the potential of digitization to good use for the film industry in a creative and courageous way. We offer film professionals the opportunity to present their concepts, impulses, practical reports and experiments to a broad industry audience at the 34th DOK.fest Munich. 
    DIGITISATION ALL OVER? DER DOCUMENTARY SLAM will take place on 9 May 2019 at the HFF Munich as part of the DOK.forum, the industry platform of the DOK.fest Munich. The participants will each have 10 minutes to present their ideas. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for questions from the moderator and the audience. CALL FOR CONCEPTS ended April 1, 2019.


     


     



     


     ...and
    DOK.fest Munich gallery


    SINGLE PAGE:
    •   34 DOK.fest Munich 2019
    •   33 DOK.fest Munich 2018


     

  • 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]

  • International Film Festivals in Germany

    The festivals with markets are: BERLINALE | efmDOK.fest Munich | DOK.forumDOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY      Schedule of the international documentary ...

    The festivals with markets are:


    BERLINALE | efm
    DOK.fest Munich | DOK.forum
    DOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY   


     


    Schedule of the international documentary festivals as well as festivals with sections of documentaries chronologic throughout the year.


     



    42 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis January 18-24, 2021 [FB] ___Submission___ until End of October


     


     

    71 BERLINALE - International Filmfestspiele Berlin, February 11—21, 2021

    efm - European Film Market at the BERLINALE, February 11—19, 2021 [FB]

     

      



    17 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg, April 15 - 19, 2020
    [FB]
    However, given the situation around COVID-19, it is unfortunately already clear that the 17dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg is cancelled. The program is ready; unfortunately it will never be seen like this ! [... download as PDF the programm of 2020]


     


     



    37 Internationales FrauenFILMfestival Dortmund|Köln, Dortmund, Cologne, March 24—29, 2020
    The Dortmund|Cologne International Women’s Film Festival takes place annually, alternating between Dortmund and Cologne. [FB] ___Submission___
    Shortly before the start of the 37th edition of the  International Dortmund | Cologne Women's Film Festival on 24th March 2020 the unthinkable took place! The entire six-day event (99 films from 28 countries) has been cancelled in the light of the Corona pandemic. _


     


       35 DOK.fest Munich, May 6—17, 2020
       cancelled as public event in Munich cinemas.  [FB]
       DOK.fest München@Home 2020
       Stay tuned – sorry German only
        ___34 DOK.fest Munich 2019___


     



    IKFF - 36 Hamburg International Short Film Festival, June 2 -8, 2020
    ___Submission___ until February 20, 2020 [FB]


     



    #FFMUC | 38 FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Munich, June 25 - July 4, 2020. All films screened at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN are selected by the festival programmers.


     



    NaturVision Filmfestival, Ludwigsburg, July 16—19, 2020 [FB]
    ___Submission___ November 1, 2019 — February 28, 2020


     


     



    #FFHH18 | 28 Filmfest Hamburg, September 24 - October 3, 2020
    _ Submission _  [FB]


     


     



    54 Internatonale Hofer Filmtage | Hof International Film Festival, October 20 - 25, 2020
    [FB]


     


     



    63 DOK Leipzig, October 26 - November 1, 2020
    International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film [FBSubmission 3 March - 7 July 2020
    16 DOK Co-Pro Market, deadline for submission August 1, 2020


     



    62 Nordic Filmdays Lübeck, November 3–8, 2020  [FB]



     



    44 DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE, the festival of documentaries produced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland  in Duisburg, November 2-8, 2020



    19 doxs! festival - creative European documentaries for children and adolescents, Duisburg, November 3-8, 2020


     


     

    37 KASSELER DOK-FEST, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, November 17—22, 2020
    [FB]


     


    among others...

  • and...

    here some of our NEWS 2019 69 BERLINALE LOLA@Berlinale 2019 FIPADOC 2019 with FOCUS ON GERMANY 40 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2019 50 Visions ...

    here some of our NEWS 2019



     


     


    here some of our NEWS 2018



     


     


     


     


     


    here some of our NEWS 2017