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CPH:DOX 2018 Industry

CPH:DOX kicks off its industry events

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- New projects on a wide range of topics are being presented at this year’s edition of CPH:INDUSTRY, encompassing the energetic professional activities at Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX

CPH:DOX kicks off its industry events
Director Grant Gee, who will be presenting his new project in CPH:FORUM

CPH:INDUSTRY, the increasingly vital industry platform of CPH:DOX, commencing today, will run from 19-24 March, hosting the financing and co-production market CPH:FORUM, the work-in-progress section CPH:WIP, the new pitching event Science Film Forum and a five-day conference in partnership with Documentary CampusCPH:CONFERENCE. Around 1,800 industry professionals, journalists and students are expected to partake. Attending broadcasters and film funds from Europe and North America are estimated to number around 150, ranging from ARTE and the BBC to Netflix and ZDF. Participants also include the Sundance Institute, Tate Modern and Fondation Cartier. 

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A total of 26 new projects will be presented at CPH:FORUM from 21-22 March, all of them eligible for the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (worth €15,000) for the event’s best pitch. Among the contenders in what looks to be an illustrious line-up are Russia’s Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer [+see also:
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Our New President), Israel’s Guy Davidi (5 Broken Cameras [+see also:
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), Algeria’s Narimane Mari (Bloody Beans [+see also:
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), Brit Grant Gee (Meeting People Is Easy) and the USA’s Sierra Pettengill (The Reagan Show). Hailing from the Nordic region are Swedes Fredrik Gertten (Big Boys Gone Bananas!*) and Anna Eborn (Pine Ridge [+see also:
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Lida [+see also:
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), Norway’s Erlend Eirik Mo (Dancing for You), and Danes Camilla Nielsson (Democrats [+see also:
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), Phie Ambo (Family) and, in a joint venture, Tómas Gislason (P.O.V.) and Jacob Thuesen (Accused).

The topics being broached include sociological experiments with young children (Ambo’s Utopia), a visit to the self-proclaimed state of Transnistria (Eborn’s Transnistra), absurd and inspirational reports on the current housing market situation (Gertten’s Push), an exploration of ten lives in ten different countries (Pozdorovkin’s Aleph) and yet another attempt to encapsulate the intricate mind of Lars von Trier (Gislason and Thuesen’s The Missing Films). 

On 20 March, as a prelude to CPH:FORUM, the festival presents CPH:WIP, a collection of Nordic works in progress, curated in collaboration with the Nordic film institutes. The six projects from high-profile Nordic producers and directors looking for final financing include the Swedish-Norwegian-Danish co-production Reconstructing Utøya [+see also:
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 by Gothenburg-based director Carl Javér (Freak Out!). Javér and his team have spent three years working on the project, focusing on four survivors of the terror attacks of 22 July 2011, who reconstruct their memories in this film. Reconstructing Utøya will be the third 2018 account of the Utøya attacks, together with Erik Poppe’s Berlin-screened U – July 22 [+see also:
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 and Paul Greengrass’ forthcoming 22 July [+see also:
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(working title: Norway). 

The brand-new Science Film Forum, encouraging collaboration between filmmakers and scientists, will present new projects to potential backers. The first edition of the Science Film Forum takes place on 20 March, following a full day focusing on the intersection of science and film. Among the seven intriguing titles being presented is Internet vs Humanity, directed by Danes Lise Birk Petersen and David Borenstein, seeking to shed light on the challenges that digital media creates for democratic societies.

The full programme can be found here. CPH:INDUSTRY also includes CPH:LAB, the festival’s talent development and production programme, the ninth edition of which will unspool this year. The screening market CPH:MARKET is open to professionals during the entire festival, which runs from 15-25 March.

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