Leipzig Networking Days 2016

The Leipzig Networking Days is the Documentary Campus event at which the projects being developed in our 2016 Masterschool and Crossing Borders programmes, as well as two selected Documentary Campus member projects are being pitched to high profile commissioning editors and distributors from Europe, North America and Asia. Alongside the pitching, the event's agenda includes an eye-opening case-study. A detailed agenda will be online in due course.

Guests are welcome to attend. As a guest, you will gain insight into the profiles of the broadcasters, their programming needs and trends in the international non-fiction market. Moreover, guests have a unique chance to win a surprise pitch and present their own projects in front of distinguished international buyers.

Our online registration is closed now. If you would like to join, you can still register on location.


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We are proud to present the projects of our Crossing Borders Programme. The projects will be pitched by Asian and European director/producer teams in a very punchy 5min-speed pitch and kick-off the Leipzig Networking Days every morning. Here's an introduction to this year's Crossing Borders projects.


  • Pitching of the Masterschool Projects
    17 projects that have been developed in this year's Masterschool will take you through Saturday and Sunday. For a little preview take a look at the Masterschool projects in development.
  • Surprise Pitchings
    We will have two Surprise Pitches this year. If you are attending as a guest, the Surprise Pitch is your chance to take the stage. On the first day of pitching, Saturday October 29th, guests will be able to toss their names into the hat for the chance to pitch a project. If you have a project up your sleeve, bring a trailer along and be prepared to meet interested commissioners in one-to-one meetings. This could be the perfect opportunity to get your project off the ground!
  • Member Pitchings
    Out of the projects handed in by our Documentary Campus Members, two outstanding projects have been selected to be presented during the Leipzig Networking Days.


Case Study: "The Ivory Game", Meet the Makers
On November the 4th The Ivory Game will be released on Netflix with Leonardo Dicaprio as executive producer. It has already had an impact. Following premieres at Telluride, Toronto and Wildscreen, reviews describe “an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking” and “a torch bearing experience, a turning point in our fight to save earth’s elephants” Some people risked everything to make this film happen, now they call on us to act. Find out why. Meet the producers, director and cinematographer of The Ivory Game for an in depth discussion.

Pitched in Leipzig 4 years ago, this Masterschool film has stormed the festival circuit this year. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, it has been screened at numerous A-festivals world-wide. Slovenia's Guild of Directors has submitted Ziga Virc's HBO Europe-backed film Houston, We Have a Problem! in the Oscars' best foreign-language film category. And here we see how Ziga is blending fact and fiction, when he suggests that Communist-era Yugoslav leader Marshal Tito created a secret space program that he sold to America at the height of the Cold War in return for $3 billion in "overseas aid."
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Bostjan Virc.

On Saturday Evening, after an intense day of input and networking, we take to the dance-floor.


We welcome 40 of Europe's most renowned broadcasters and buyers to Leipzig, among them stations such as ARTE, A&E Networks Asia, Al Jazeera, Discovery Networks, HBO, Knowledge Network, MDR, NDR, ORF, PBS, Red Bull, Scripps, SVT, SWR, The Guardian, WDR, YLE, ZDF.
To see who is coming check out our list of buyers 2016.


  • 210,- € Regular Fee
  • 180,- € Delegation Fee*
  • 140,- € Alumni Fee

*The Special Delegation fee applies for delegates from our partners:
• Allianz Deutscher Produzenten
• DOK.Fest München
• ESoDoc
• Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
• Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung


Leipzig Networking Days
MDR Building, 13 th Floor
Kantstraße 71-73
04275 Leipzig

Networking Get-Together
Ernst-Schneller- Str. 6
04107 Leipzig


Nikolaistraße 23
04109 Leipzig
Tel : +49-341-33-7437-0
Fax : +49-341-33-7437-10
Rate: 69,00€ (single) / 79,00€ (double) excl. breakfast

Gottschedstraße 1
04109 Leipzig
Tel: +49-341-3937670
Fax: +49-341-393767999
E-Mail: innside.leipzig@melia.com


By plane: Lots of international airlines such as Air Berlin, Austrian Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and Ryanair offer direct flights to Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) Airport, which is 22 kilometres northwest of central Leipzig. Trains run between the airport and the city every 30 minutes and the journey takes 14 minutes.

A convenient alternative is flying into Berlin (TXL or SXF) and catching the train to Leipzig. Trains depart every hour from Berlin Hauptbahnhof and take 60 minutes to reach Leipzig. See below for further details.

By car: Leipzig can easily be reached by car as it is very well connected to the Autobahn. The nearest Autobahn are the A14 (North, Northeast), A9 (West) and A38 (South).

By train: Leipzig Hauptbahnhof is the largest terminal railway station in Europe with 26 platforms.
Deutsche Bahn: operates regular train service between Leipzig and nearby cities.

Get around in Leipzig: Find the best connections from the station to your hotel using public transport. You can search for connections at: www.lvb.de.

If you’d prefer to go by taxi, simply call: +49-341-982222


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Oct 28, 2016 to Oct 30, 2016
DC Initiative
Masterschool 2016
Registration Deadline
Oct 14, 2016
MDR, Kantstr. 71 - 73, 04275 Leipzig, Germany