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Lisbon Docs unveils its 2016 selection

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- 24 projects will take part in the Lisbon-based forum, one of the EDN’s flagship programmes, scheduled for 14-18 October

Lisbon Docs unveils its 2016 selection
Paul Pauwels at the Lisbon Docs session in 2015

The European Documentary Network (EDN) has announced that a total of 24 international and Portuguese documentary projects have been selected for the upcoming Lisbon Docs – New Gateways to Your Audience event, scheduled to unspool from 14-18 October in the Portuguese capital.

As at previous editions, EDN director Paul Pauwels will be presenting the forum, where selected participants will have the opportunity to pitch their projects and receive feedback from a panel of experts. The workshop sessions will focus on analysing the content of the projects and delivering advice on how to tell stories that can reach large audiences without sacrificing artistic integrity.

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Assessing the projects will be a prominent line-up of financiers, including commissioners and experts from HBO Europe, ARTE GEIE, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, ERT SA, SVT, Sheffield Doc/Fest, PBS, Czech Television, VRT, EO/IKONdocs and CPH:DOX.

Lisbon Docs 2016 has received 30% more applications than last year. According to Pauwels, “The tutor team will work with participants from no fewer than 20 different countries, some coming from as far as South Africa, Mexico and India. We also welcome a strong decision-makers’ panel consisting of active supporters of the international documentary, representing 11 countries where documentary is still a very high priority.”

Isabel Machado (president of Lisbon-based APORDOC, which co-organises the event) expressed her excitement to be “able to foster the development of projects with international appeal on national ground, enabling these films to boost their current production and creative status with the expertise and experience of a great network”.

Here are the projects selected for Lisbon Docs 2016:

International projects

Beyond the End of the World - Anne Barliant (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Producer: Srdjan Sarenac (Novi Film)

Dungeon Keepers - James Walsh (South Africa)
Producer: James Walsh (Sinamatella Productions)

Energy Island - Emilija Skarnulyte (Lithuania)
Producer: Dagne Vildziunaite (Just a Moment)

Eternal Silence - Daniel Lambo (Belgium)
Producer: Maarten Schmidt (Storyhouse)

Fado - Antonio Cascais, Marcel Kolvenbach (Germany)
Producer: Anahita Nazemi (Kobalt Documentary)

Finding the Werewolf - Rodrigo Iturralde (Mexico)
Producer: Georgina González Rodríguez (Monofilms)

Forward to the Ancestry - Shorena Tevzadze (Georgia)
Producer: Giorgi Pridonishvili (Diafilm)

Her Story Wall - Miriam Chandy Menachery (India)
Producer: Miriam Chandy Menachery (Filament Pictures)

It’s a Funny World - Jethro Massey (France)
Producer: Adriana Ferrarese (Ceresa Films)

Last Male Standing - Floor van der Meulen (Netherlands)
Producers: R Douze, H van Nunen (Een van de Jongens)

Lives Caught in-Between - Sevinç Baloglu (Turkey)
Producer: Su Baloglu (RS Su Yapim)

Lust - Hildegunn Wærness (Norway)
Producer: Carsten Aanonsen (Indie Film)

Sons of Salomon - Albina Griniute (Lithuania)
Producer: Gajane Kalatshjan (Benjamin River Productions)

Teach - Alex Brendea (Romania)
Producer: Irina Malcea (Luna Film)

The Ambush - Tanya Doyle (Ireland)
Producer: Daniel Hegarty (Marmalade Films)

The Damned - Angel Esteban, Elena Goatelli (Spain)
Producer: Roberto Cavallini (Kottomfilms)

The Mission - Monica Krupa (Poland)
Producer: Dorota Mandziara (Trzyfilm)

Europa in Phoenician - Salim Habr, Jihad Saade (Lebanon)
Producers: S Habr, R Kazarian (Motoraids Lebanon)

The Wind - Michal Bielawski (Poland)
Producer: Maciej Kubicki (Telemark Sp.z o.o.)

Upstream - Brunella Filì (Italy)
Producers: Monica Chiari, Alessandro Alliaudi, Beth di Santo (Officinema Doc)

Portuguese projects

Framing the Revolution - Erica Rodrigues
Producer: Fernando Vendrell (David & Golias)

Home Sweet School - Ana Luísa Oliveira
Producer: Liliana Lasprilla (Pixbee)

The Iran and the Fight - Catarina Laranjeiro, Daniel Barroca
Producer: Ansgar Schäfer (Kintop)

Until Porn Do Us Apart - Jorge Pelicano
Producer: Helena Lins (Até ao Fim do Mundo)

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