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Lorenzo Cioffi • Producer, Ladoc

“A documentary producer needs patience, a lot of patience”


- Interview with Lorenzo Cioffi, producer for Italian outfit Ladoc and selected for the 2019 Emerging Producers programme

Lorenzo Cioffi • Producer, Ladoc

Interview with Lorenzo Cioffi, producer for Italian outfit Ladoc and selected for the 2019 Emerging Producers programme.

Why do you produce documentaries? Do you understand documentary film as an instrument of social and political change?
Lorenzo Cioffi: 
Making documentaries is a method of experiencing the world. And this is perhaps the first step towards social and political change.

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What qualities should a documentary producer have these days?
I believe that the first quality of a documentary producer is the ability to understand the heart of a project and to do so while respecting the role of the author. In a way then, the ability to be aligned with the project. And then patience, a lot of patience.

What do you think is the future of distribution of documentary films?
Can I say "theatres"?

What projects do you have under way (including in the area of fiction film and other projects)?
There Was and There Wasn’t is a project to which I am very attached because of the cinematographic vision of the director Andrea Capranico and because of the strong emotional component that this story brings with it, a story of guilt and redemption, of a son in search of his father, from Canada to Lebanon.

But I’m working on a lot of projects that I’m strongly attached to, including the invention of a board game (something that I’m enjoying a lot). 


Emerging Producers is a promotional and educational project, which brings together talented European documentary film producers. The programme is organised and curated by the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.

Deadline for applications to the Emerging Producers 2020 edition is 15 March, 2019. Click here.

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