Leipzig Networking Days 2018

The Leipzig Networking Days are the Documentary Campus event at which the projects developed at our 2018 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 one-to-one meetings, an inspiring afternoon programme as well as many networking opportunities during the day and at the party at night.

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.


We are proud to present the projects of our Crossing Borders Programme 2018. 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.

The speed pitching will be followed by this year’s 15 Masterschool pitches on Saturday and Sunday. For a little preview take a look at the Masterschool projects in development.

This is your chance to take the stage. On the first pitching day, Saturday October 27th, observers will be able to toss their business cards into the hat for a 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!

Gen Z is beginning to change everything we know about what “TV” is and can be. According to a recent study by Hulu, 70 per cent of Gen Z say the phrase “watching television” means streaming something online. Whatever content they watch and whichever device they use to watch it, it’s all “TV” for them. Sandra Lehner, pioneering digital executive and Head of Content Acquisition EMEA for Liberty Global’s cable channels, will show in her talk how Gen Z is changing TV. What are the topics this generation is interested in? Where do they consume content? And how are the stories for this generation being told? Sandra will show examples from original series commissioned by Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to independent productions such as the first Instagram Stories Drama from Finland, the first Snapchat daily soap from Germany, and the first WhatsApp Chat Story from South Africa. Storytelling on these platforms is evolving fast.

The hippie movement that captivated hundreds of thousands of young people in the West had a profound impact on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Within the Soviet system, a colorful crowd of hippies created their own system, which connected those who believed in peace, love, and freedom for their bodies and souls. More than 40 years later, a group of eccentric hippies from Estonia take a road trip to Moscow where the hippies still gather annually on the 1st of June for a celebration that is related to the tragic event in 1971, when thousands of Soviet hippies were arrested by the KGB. The Estonian director Terje Toomistu uses a wide and abundant variety of archive material to trace a lifestyle that marked not only the American 1970s but also proliferated in the metropolises of the Soviet Union. Together with the archive and clearance specialist Elizabeth Klinck (E Klinck Research) and the producer of the film Liis Lepik, we will discuss the use of archive material and how it influenced the storytelling before screening the film.


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The Leipzig Networking Days are an extraordinary occasion to meet decision-makers from across the globe in a familiar atmosphere. Check out our List of Buyers & Sales Agents


The fee includes participation and coffee breaks. Lunches/dinners are excluded.

EUR 140 EARLY BIRD until 21 September only: Please enter the code EARLYBIRD2018 when filling in your registration form.

EUR 210 Regular Fee

EUR 140 Alumni Fee: Please send an email to masterschool@documentary-campus.com to receive your Alumni code.

EUR 180 Delegation Fee: The Special Delegation fee applies for delegates from our partners. If you are part of any of the listed organisations, please contact them to get your discount code:

• Allianz Deutscher Produzenten
• ESoDoc
• Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
• Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung


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

Networking Party
Ernst-Schneller- Str. 6
04107 Leipzig


Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig
Brühl 50, 04109 Leipzig
Phone : +49-341-989860
Email: leipzig@adina.eu
Rate: EUR 89,00 (single) / EUR 104,00 (double) incl. breakfast
Please use the booking code ‘LND 2018‘ for your booking. The booking deadline is the 28th of September.

Hotel Michaelis
Paul-Gruner-Straße 44, 04107 Leipzig
Phone : +49-341-26780
Email: info@michaelis-leipzig.de
Rate: EUR 69,00 (single) / EUR 79,00 (double) incl. breakfast
Please use the booking code ‘Masterschool‘ for your booking. The booking deadline is the 24th of September.


By plane: Lots of international airlines offer direct flights to Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) Airport, which is 22 kilometres northwest of central Leipzig. Trains run frequently between the airport and the city 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: 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: +49-341-4884


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Supporters of the Documentary Campus Masterschool 2018:
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Partners and Supporters of Crossing Borders 2018:
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Oct 26, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Registration Deadline
Oct 16, 2018
MDR, Kantstr. 71 - 73, 04275 Leipzig, Germany, Germany