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DOK LEIPZIG 2019 DOK Industry

REPORT: DOK Industry 2019


- Una panoramica degli eventi più importanti all'interno della vasta sezione industry di DOK Leipzig e dei progetti che hanno vinto

REPORT: DOK Industry 2019
sx-dx: Kenan Aliyev Kazimoglu (Current Time TV), Giedrė Žickytė (regista-produttrice), Natalia Arshavskaya (Current Time TV) e Tina Leeb (Saxonia Entertainment) alla consegna del Current Time TV Award a Irena (© Susann Jehnichen)

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DOK Leipzig's industry section is large and varied, and consists of several events and almost 50 projects showcased across four sections. In this report, we highlight the most important events and describe the award-winning projects.

DOK Co-Pro Market

The industry section's flagship event, the DOK Co-Pro Market, took place for the 15th time during the festival, which unspooled from 28 October-3 November. The DOK Co-Pro Market featured 35 projects produced or co-produced by 40 countries (for the full list, please click here). The teams behind the projects had the opportunity to meet and consult with more than 60 representatives of production companies, funds, international sales agents, festivals and other professionals.

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The biggest winner was South African director Godisamang Khunou, who received the Development Prize for the Best Female Director from the Saxon State Minister for the Arts, worth €5,000, as well as the Zonta Club Leipzig-Elster Talent Development Prize of up to €1,000 to cover the travel and accommodation of one participating female producer, for the project Black Women and Sex.

The project explores the tension between black women and the politics of sex. Through the voices of three females from different parts of Africa (Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa) with different sexual identities, the film exposes us to issues that we seldom talk about and shows how the politics of sex connect in different contexts.

Black Women and Sex is in production, courtesy of South African company Mogale Pictures, and is expected to be premiered by June 2020.

The project Irena by Lithuanian filmmaker Giedrė Žickytė received the Current Time TV Award, worth US $2,000. The logline describes the project as "an intimate portrait of Irena Veisaitė by an intimate friend. A woman who is an iconic example of open-mindedness and forgiveness, whose standards of true humanism came out of her experience in the Holocaust. A role model for our troubled times."

Co-produced by Žickytė for Lithuanian company Moonmakers and by Tina Leeb for Germany's Saxonia Entertainment, Irena is expected to be completed by February 2022.

European Women’s Audiovisual Network

The European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) handed out the EWA Development Prize for the best project by filmmakers in the Circle Women DOK Accelerator for the fourth year in a row.

The Women's Talent Award went to Ukrainian director Alina Gorlova for her directorial achievement in her project This Rain Will Never Stop [+leggi anche:
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(woriking title: Between Two Wars). It tells the story of 20-year-old Andriy Suleyman, born in Syria to a Kurdish father and a Ukrainian mother, and whose family fled the war in Syria to his mother's hometown in eastern Ukraine in 2012 – only to get caught up in another war. The project is being co-produced by Maksym Nakonechnyi for Tabor (Ukraine), Ilona Bicevska for Avantis Promo (Latvia) and Patrick Hamm for Bulldog Agenda (Germany).

This Rain Will Never Stop by Alina Gorlova

The jury also gave out a mentorship to another outstanding project, 72 hours by Belarusian director Anna Savchenko, who will be mentored by Alessia Sonaglioni. The project is being co-produced by Iva Tkalec and Isabel de la Serna for Playtime Films (Belgium), Volia Chajkouskaya for Volia Films (Belarus/Estonia) and Jean-Marie Gigon for SaNoSi Productions (France). One of the producers of the project will receive mentorship support from DOK Industry head Brigid O'Shea.

DOK Preview Germany

In co-operation with German Films, seven new German creative documentaries were presented at DOK Preview Germany. Pursuant to the newly launched partnership with post-production company D-Facto Motion, the DFM Work-in-Progress Prize, endowed with €10,000, was awarded to Who Owns My Village by director Christoph Eder and producers Marcel Lenz and Guido Schwab, of ostlicht filmproduktion. In what is billed as "a film about the essence of democracy between white seaside architecture and the poetic rustling of the waves", the filmmaker returns to the village where he was born, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, to watch the inhabitants awaken from their political lethargy and battle for the fate of the popular tourist destination. The project is currently in post-production.

Who Owns My Village by Christoph Eder

Here is the list of the remaining DOK Preview Germany projects:

Alcohol - The Magic Potion (Germany/Italy)
Director: Andreas Pichler
Producers: Christian Drewing, Valerio B Moser
Production companies: EIKON Media, Miramonte Film
Status: in post-production

The Guardian (Germany)
Director: Martina Priessner
Producers: Gregor Streiber, Friedemann Hottenbacher
Production company: inselfilm production
Status: in production

Robin Hood Gardens (Germany)
Directors, producers: Adrian Dorschner, Thomas Beyer
Production company: Beyer & Dorschner Filmproduktion
Status: in post-production

Scars (Germany/Poland/Netherlands)
Director: Agnieszka Zwiefka
Producers: Stefan Kloos, Michaela Pňačeková, Agnieszka Zwiefka, Iris Lammertsma
Production companies: Kloos & Co Ost, Chilli Productions, Witfilm
Status: in post-production

The Strait Guys (Germany)
Director: Rick Minnich
Producers: Gunter Hanfgarn, Holm Taddiken, Rouven Rech, Teresa Renn
Production companies: Hanfgarn & Ufer, Torero Film, Cine Impuls
Status: in editing/rough cut

Walchensee Forever [+leggi anche:
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Director: Janna Ji Wonders
Producers: Katharina Bergfeld, Nadja Smith
Production company: Flare Film
Status: completed

DOK Preview Training

Launched last year, DOK Preview Training brings together some of the best projects at various stages of development from co-production markets around the world. This time around, seven projects were presented at a pitching session in the Leipziger Pfeffermühle theatre.

Acasă - My Home by Radu Ciorniciuc

Below is the full list of projects:

Acasă - My Home [+leggi anche:
intervista: Radu Ciorniciuc
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(Romania, Finland) - from ESoDoc
Director: Radu Ciorniciuc
Producer: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Production company: Manifest Film
Status: in post-production

Bottlemen (Serbia) - from Ex Oriente
Director: Nemanja Vojinović
Producers: Nemanja Vojinović, Marija Stojnić
Production companies: Rt Dobre Nade, Set Sail Films
Status: in development

Children [+leggi anche:
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(Israel) - from CoPro Israel
Director, producer: Ada Ushpiz
Production company: AUfilms
International sales: Cinephil (Israel)
Status: in editing

Conch Shell (China) - from CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum
Director: Hu Tian Jing Sha
Producer: Xu Wei-chao
Status: in rough cut

Cuban Dancer [+leggi anche:
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(Italy/Canada/Chile) - from dok.incubator
Director: Roberto Salinas
Producers: Michele Fornasero, Simone Catania, Paul Cadieu, Bruno Bettati
Production companies: Indyca, Megafun, Valdivia Films, Rai Cinema
Status: in rough cut

How to Save a Dead Friend (Russia/Sweden) - from EURODOC
Director: Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Producers: Ksenia Gapchenko, Mario Adamson
Production companies: Docs Vostok, Sisyfos Film Production
Status: in production

It's Her Story (Hungary) - from Docu Rough Cut Boutique
Directors: Asia Dér, Sára Haragonics
Producers: Sára László, Marcell Gerő, Noémi Veronika Szakonyi
Production company: Campfilm
Status: in post-production

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