CPH:DOX to move parts of festival online during current coronavirus pandemic
by Kaleem Aftab
- The digital version of CPH:DOX will see six competition sections judged over the internet, Danish films made available, and parts of CPH:MARKET, CPH:FORUM, CPH:CONFERENCE and CPH:LAB moved online
CPH:DOX (originally set to unspool from 18-29 March) has become the latest festival to succumb to COVID-19, the virus that has now been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Rather than choosing to postpone or cancel the event, the festival is working at high speed on a digital alternative to both the festival and the industry activities it had been organising.
The plan is to have the six competition programmes judged online by the appointed juries, and covered by Danish and international film critics, with Cineuropa intending to provide extensive coverage. The European titles in the main competition are Jerzy Sladkowski’s Bitter Love [+see also:
film profile] (Sweden/Finland/Poland), set on a Russian cruise ship; Vit Klusák and Barbora Chalupová’s Caught in the Net [+see also:
film profile] (Czech Republic/Slovakia), which looks at children’s activity on the internet; Hubert Sauper’s Epicentro [+see also:
film profile] (Austria/France/USA), which won at Sundance with its gaze at life in Cuba; Sine Skibsholt’s Long Live Love [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark), which follows a teenage girl fighting cancer; David Teboul’s Mon Amour (France), which sees the director travel through Siberia while coping with grief; Carmen Losmann’s Oeconomia [+see also:
interview: Carmen Losmann
film profile] (Germany), an amusing documentary about money; Estephan Wagner and Marianne Hougen-Moraga’s Songs of Repression [+see also:
interview: Estephan Wagner and Mariann…
film profile] (Denmark), which looks at survivors of sexual abuse in a German colony in Chile; and Kenneth Sorento’s The Fight for Greenland [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark/Greenland/Norway), which looks at the battle for independence on the titular island.
Competing for the New:Vision Award are clusters of short films that have been grouped together: Detour + The Seismic Form + South (Spain/France + Austria + UK); If Your Heart Wants it (Remix) + LOLOLOL + Garage (Finland + Austria + Mexico/USA); Mother’s Tongue + Clay Theory + Subject to Review (Sweden + Denmark + USA); The Undertaker + Beast Type Song + Untitled Sequence of Gaps (Netherlands/Israel + France/UK + Germany); and Welcome Palermo (Italy).
Gunning for the F:ACT Award are Ayouni (UK/Qatar), Jozi Gold (Sweden), Meet the Censors (Norway), Only the Devil Lives Without Hope (Sweden/Norway), The Accused (Pakistan/UK/USA), Vivos [+see also:
film profile] (Germany/Mexico), We Hold the Line (Germany) and Wood (Austria/Germany/Romania).
The Nordic titles up for the Nordic:Dox Award are A Colombian Family (Sweden), Being Erico (Denmark/Norway), Inside the Diamond (Sweden), Journey to Utopia (Denmark/Norway/Sweden), Maddy the Model (Sweden), Reunited (Denmark/Sweden), Show Dancer (Denmark), Själö – Island of Souls (Finland), Television Without Frontiers (Sweden), The Beautiful Game (Sweden), The Beloved Daughter (Finland/Norway) and We Are Here Now (Norway).
In Next:Wave are A New Beginning (Denmark/Norway), Errans + Dear Joel (Lebanon + Greece), Garage People [+see also:
film profile] (Germany), Mullah’s Daugther (Iran/UK), Once Upon a Time in Venezuela [+see also:
film profile] (Venezuela/UK/Austria/Brazil), Return to Epipo (Hungary), Sisters with Transistors (France), The Garden of Calabria + Rendezvous + Retreat (Denmark + Sweden + Belgium), The Republics (UK), The Soldier (Denmark) and Trouble (UK/USA).
The aforementioned Danish productions will also compete for the Politiken:Danish:Dox Prize.
In addition, CPH:DOX will make all films that are part of the CPH:MARKET available for preview via the Cinando platform exclusively to the festival’s accredited professionals (buyers, distributors, press and programmers) for the duration of the planned CPH:DOX 2020, plus an extra 30 days (18 March-28 April).
Parts of CPH:CONFERENCE will also be available online. Efforts will be made to create a digital solution for CPH:FORUM pitch teams and decision makers to carry out individual meetings, as well as to come up with a digital solution to enable CPH:LAB participants to present their developed projects.
Meanwhile, Festival Scope will make a selection of this year's Danish and International titles available to Danish audiences.
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