Through the Lockdown Looking Glass: Visions of new Documentary Horizons
Already Pre-Pandemic, with digital platforms and new financial opportunities on the rise, conventional financing strategies were being challenged – and thus distribution strategies as well. When the world came to a standstill, the necessity of radical readjustment and creative reinvention of how we work individually and as a global community could no longer be ignored. It was the nick of time to get out of our respective Rabbit Holes.
What have we learned, what kind of perspective have we gained, not just from readjusting and reinventing, but also from standing still and having a moment to take stock of what is important and what maybe not? Are we maybe now better equipped to navigate the entangled landscape of platforms, rights and audiences without leaving our values, visions and voices behind?
No filmmaker is an island, no distributor, exhibitor or spectator either – especially amidst these seismic shifts, reasserting ourselves and our ways of working together is more important than ever to ensure the height, depth & breadth of the documentary art form in a Post-Pandemic world.
In the unique, interactive setting of the Masters’ Pitch, 9 new documentary projects heading into this transitioning market, will be presented to international commissioners and experts. Feedback is also sought from the audience, including producers, directors, distributors and representatives of major broadcasters. Our jury members will be in the spotlight as well to share their visions of the future potentials – and pitfalls – of this New Normal.
The event will be moderated by renowned documentary consultant Karolina Lidin (Nordisk Film & TV Fund).
PROGRAM & PROJECTS
13:00-13.15 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
13:20-13:30 KICK-OFF KEYNOTE by Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, IDA, US
13:32-14:20 PITCHING BLOCK 1 (Pitch: 5min / Feedback: 10min)
13:32-13:47 Pitch 1 & Feedback: DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO, Germany/Lebanon
Pitching Team: Cyril Aris & Katharina Weser
13:49-14:04 Pitch 2 & Feedback: HAYFLICK LIMIT, Belgium
Pitching Team: Thomas Licata & Florence Saâdi
14:03-14:19 Pitch 3 & Feedback: BROTHERHOOD, Switzerland
Pitch Team: Hanka Maciag & Esther van Messel
14:20-14:30 IMPULSE TALK with Q&A by Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville, UK
14:30-15:00 Coffee Break @DOK.bar (Spatial Chat)
15:00-15:50 PITCHING BLOCK 2 (Pitch: 5min / Feedback: 10min)
15:00-15:15 Pitch 4 & Feedback: SCHOOL FOR PEACE, Germany/Israel
Pitch Team: Guy Wasserman, Nir Dvortchin & Moritz Bundschuh
15:17-15:32 Pitch 5 & Feedback: A PICTURE TO REMEMBER, Ukraine
Pitch Team: Olga Chernykh & Regina Maryanovska Davidzon
15:34-15:49 Pitch 6 & Feedback: SILVER’S UPRISING, Israel
Pitch Team: Dan Shadur & Ido Mizrahy
15:50-16:00 IMPULSE TALK with Q&A to be announced shortly
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break @DOK.bar (Spatial Chat)
16:30-17:20 PITCHING BLOCK 3 (Pitch: 5min / Feedback: 10min)
16:30-16:45 Pitch 7 & Feedback: BIG OIL VS. THE LAW, Germany
Pitch Team: Mette Reitzel & Nadja Smith
16:47-17:02 Pitch 8 & Feedback: THE ULTIMATE JOKER, Poland
Pitch Team: Krzysztof Dzięciołowski & Agata Jujeczka
17:04-17:19 Pitch 9 & Feedback: BAM, BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY, Canada
Pitch Team: Ngardy Conteh George & Alison Duke
17:20-17:30 IMPULSE TALK with Q&A by Estelle de Araujo, The Party Film Sales, France
17:30-17:45 Closing Words Karolina Lidin & Thank yous
17:45-18:15 Virutal After-Pitch Cocktail @DOK.bar (Spatial Chat)
We reserve the right to make changes to the program.