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Industry Report: Documentary

Section dedicated to the European Documentary Industry

Industry Report: Documentary
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The pandemic wiped out one in four films from festivals in 2020, according to the East West Index

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

The pandemic wiped out one in four films from festivals in 2020, according to the East West Index

CANNES 2021: Presented at the Marché du Film, the survey launched by Ji.hlava IDFF in 2019 analyses the representation of different regions at documentary film festivals  

20 July 2021

Mathieu Béjot  • Director of strategy and development, Sunny Side of the Doc

"The platforms are shaking up the formats and narrative modes of the documentary"

Mathieu Béjot • Director of strategy and development, Sunny Side of the Doc

The director of strategy and development of the event discusses the 32nd edition (from 21 to 24 June) and current trends in the market and financing of documentaries  

01 June 2021

Anda Ionescu • Producer, Tangaj Production

“The experience of watching films in cinema is irreplaceable”

Anda Ionescu • Producer, Tangaj Production

The Romanian producer talks about taking everything step by step, while looking forward to a bright future in the documentary industry  

19 March 2021

Kobi Mizrahi  • Producer, KM Production

“Using cinema with all its greatness to research the human soul”

Kobi Mizrahi • Producer, KM Production

The Israeli producer discusses working in documentary filmmaking, which he describes as a great world of creative opportunities  

18 March 2021

Ieva Ūbele  • Producer, Baltic Balkan Productions

“Documentary filmmakers are dreamers”

Ieva Ūbele • Producer, Baltic Balkan Productions

We discuss working in the documentary world, the current situation and upcoming projects with the Latvian producer  

17 March 2021

Zora Jaurová  • Producer, MPhilms

“I see a huge demand for authentic and simple stories”

Zora Jaurová • Producer, MPhilms

The Slovakian producer chats about why she works on documentaries and what are her main concerns about the current industry  

16 March 2021

Quentin Laurent • Producer, Les Films de l’œil sauvage

“Directors had to completely rethink their films and these reflections are fascinating”

Quentin Laurent • Producer, Les Films de l’œil sauvage

Selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers, the French producer explains what drives him to making documentaries, and how he is dealing with it through the current situation  

15 March 2021

Firat Sezgin • Producer, Institute of Time

“It’s hard to calculate what the impact of online networking will be“

Firat Sezgin • Producer, Institute of Time

Selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers, the Amsterdam-based producer discusses the role of documentary in the current society  

26 February 2021

Antonella Di Nocera • Producer, Paralello 41

“The pandemic epoque will have an effect on people’s habits”

Antonella Di Nocera • Producer, Paralello 41

The Italian producer, selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers, discusses the present and future of documentary film  

25 February 2021

Jorge Caballero • Producer, Gusano Films

“It has never been so easy to make films and it has never been so difficult to show them”

Jorge Caballero • Producer, Gusano Films

The Spanish producer selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers discusses the role of documentaries in our current society  

24 February 2021

Marek Novák  • Producer, Xova Film

“It is painfully clear how important the missing social element of our work is”

Marek Novák • Producer, Xova Film

One of the 2021 Emerging Producers, the Czech producer tells us what he thinks about the social importance and the future of documentaries  

23 February 2021

Ivan Perić • Producer, Kazimir

“Documentary is an art form about the art of life”

Ivan Perić • Producer, Kazimir

The Croatian producer, selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers programme, discussed his documentary projects and how he’s dealing with the current situation  

23 February 2021

Alice Lemaire  • Producer, Michigan Films

“Scriptwriters’ imagination can hardly beat current life”

Alice Lemaire • Producer, Michigan Films

The Belgian producer, selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers programme, discussed documentary production in the current situation  

22 February 2021

Agnieszka Skalska  • Producer, Koi Studio

"Documentaries can make a change, like drops that drill into a rock”

Agnieszka Skalska • Producer, Koi Studio

The Polish producer, one of the 2021 Emerging Producers, talks about her work and producing documentaries nowadays  

22 February 2021

Racha Helen Larsen  • Producer, Yellow Log

“Documentaries have never been as accessible, diverse and watched as today”

Racha Helen Larsen • Producer, Yellow Log

The Norwegian producer, selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers programme, discussed documentary production in the current situation  

19 February 2021

Iva Plemić Divjak • Producer, Horopter Film Production

“I’m afraid we will soon be exclusively preaching to the converted”

Iva Plemić Divjak • Producer, Horopter Film Production

The Serbian producer, one of the 2021 Emerging Producers, talks about her work and producing documentaries nowadays  

18 February 2021

Mario Adamson  • Producer, Sisyfos Film Production

“There is no going back to the old ways”

Mario Adamson • Producer, Sisyfos Film Production

The Swedish producer, selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers programme, discussed documentary production in the current situation  

17 February 2021

Niklas Kullström • Producer, Hillstream Pictures

“I have a strong belief in online distribution”

Niklas Kullström • Producer, Hillstream Pictures

The Finnish producer, one of the 2021 Emerging Producers, talks about his work and producing documentaries nowadays  

16 February 2021

Maximilian Haslberger • Producer, Amerikafilm

“There is no such thing as being apolitical”

Maximilian Haslberger • Producer, Amerikafilm

The German producer, selected for the 2021 Emerging Producers programme, discussed documentary production in the current situation  

15 February 2021

Jane Mote  • Consultant Editor, The Whickers

"It remains clear that in 2020 documentary filmmakers are not able to make a healthy living from their work"

Jane Mote • Consultant Editor, The Whickers

Jane Mote helps us to grasp the changing landscape for documentary filmmakers, with an eye on the post-Covid / post-Brexit world  

23 December 2020

Moving Docs releases its report on documentary audiences in Europe

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Moving Docs releases its report on documentary audiences in Europe

Key findings reveal a need for more documentaries on topics that interest young people, and for the increased availability of this content in cinemas outside urban centres  

16 July 2020

Yin-yu Huang • Producer, Moolin Production

“We should do more cinematic documentaries“

Yin-yu Huang • Producer, Moolin Production

Interview with Yin-yu Huang, producer for Taiwanese company Moolin Production and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

11 March 2020

Marcian Lazar • Producer, AxelFilm

“Documentaries are like wild animals with unpredicted reactions”

Marcian Lazar • Producer, AxelFilm

Intervista a Marcian Lazar, produttore per la società rumana AxelFilm e selezionato per il programma Emerging Producers 2020  

10 March 2020

Rea Rajčić • Producer, Eclectica

"We are entering a promising age for the distribution of documentaries"

Rea Rajčić • Producer, Eclectica

Interview with Rea Rajčić, producer for Croatian company Eclectica and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

06 March 2020

Fawzia Mahmood • Producer, NW Pictures

“As filmmakers, we have to be always vigilant about what we’re lending our hand to”

Fawzia Mahmood • Producer, NW Pictures

Interview with Fawzia Mahmood, producer for British company NW Pictures and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

04 March 2020

Puk Eisenhardt • Producer, GotFat Production

“We all need to hear about the next Malala, Greta or Rosa”

Puk Eisenhardt • Producer, GotFat Production

Interview with Puk Eisenhardt, producer for Danish company GotFat Production and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

03 March 2020

Vincent Metzinger • Producer, Naoko Films

“A producer must believe in the project when nobody else does”

Vincent Metzinger • Producer, Naoko Films

Interview with Vincent Metzinger, producer for Belgian company Naoko Films and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

02 March 2020

Patricia D’Intino • Producer, Good Kids

”A producer needs persistence and patience”

Patricia D’Intino • Producer, Good Kids

Interview with Patricia D’Intino, producer for Hungarian company Good Kids and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

28 February 2020

Jitka Kotrlová • Producer, Frame Films

“It’s very hard to find a distributor for art-house films”

Jitka Kotrlová • Producer, Frame Films

Interview with Jitka Kotrlová, producer for Czech company Frame Films and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

27 February 2020

Irene M. Borrego • Producer, 59 en Conserva

“We are surrounded by thousands of potentially fascinating films”

Irene M. Borrego • Producer, 59 en Conserva

Interview with Irene M. Borrego, producer for Spanish company 59 en Conserva and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

26 February 2020

Łukasz Długołęcki • Producer, NUR

“Big platforms like Netflix or Amazon are actually making people watch more films in cinemas”

Łukasz Długołęcki • Producer, NUR

Interview with Łukasz Długołęcki, producer for Polish company NUR and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

25 February 2020

Tekla Machavariani • Producer, Nushi Film

“The most important for a producer is to not lose the sense of empathy”

Tekla Machavariani • Producer, Nushi Film

Interview with Tekla Machavariani, producer for Georgian company Nushi Film and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

24 February 2020

Giedrė Burokaitė • Producer, Meno Avilys

“Documentary is a dangerous form of storytelling”

Giedrė Burokaitė • Producer, Meno Avilys

Interview with Giedrė Burokaitė, producer for Lithuanian company Meno Avilys and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

22 February 2020

Jean-Baptiste Fribourg • Producer, La Société des Apaches

“Influence on social and political debates should not be the only purpose of documentaries”

Jean-Baptiste Fribourg • Producer, La Société des Apaches

Interview with Jean-Baptiste Fribourg, producer for French company La Société des Apaches and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

21 February 2020

Roberto Cavallini • Producer, Altrove Films

“The most important thing though is to fall in love with a story and its universe”

Roberto Cavallini • Producer, Altrove Films

Interview with Roberto Cavallini, producer for Italian company Altrove Films and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

21 February 2020

Angelos Rallis • Producer, AR Productions

”The best documentaries are the ones that use strong creative language and form”

Angelos Rallis • Producer, AR Productions

Interview with Angelos Rallis, producer for Greek company AR Productions and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

20 February 2020

Tomáš Krupa • Producer, Hailstone

“Emotions are the only thing we have”

Tomáš Krupa • Producer, Hailstone

Interview with Tomáš Krupa, producer for Slovakian company Hailstone and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

20 February 2020

Yulia Serdyukova • Producer, yutopia films

“The idea that documentary films can change the world is very dangerous”

Yulia Serdyukova • Producer, yutopia films

Interview with Yulia Serdyukova, producer for Ukrainian company yutopia films and selected for the 2020 Emerging Producers programme  

20 February 2020

EDN introduces its 2020 Financing Guide

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EDN introduces its 2020 Financing Guide

For the first time published as a digital edition, the guide provides filmmakers with all the industry contacts they need to finance their documentaries  

11 February 2020

EAVE IMPACT examines how to finance and premiere a documentary

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EAVE IMPACT examines how to finance and premiere a documentary

In the third episode of the second season of EAVE IMPACT ONE-TO-ONE, documentary producers Malene Flindt Pedersen and Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen get down to the nitty-gritty of doc funding  

16 December 2019

Doc Lab Poland honoured with the EDN Award

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Doc Lab Poland honoured with the EDN Award

The initiative is the largest and most multi-faceted programme for documentary filmmakers organised for Polish projects  

07 March 2018

Christian Popp • Producer

Christian Popp • Producer

EDN has talked to Christian Popp about his company YUZU Productions and his approach to documentaries  

11 January 2018

Melanie Rozencwajg • Co-Founder & CEO, Archive Valley

Melanie Rozencwajg • Co-Founder & CEO, Archive Valley

EDN spoke to Melanie Rozencwajg, co-founder & CEO of Archive Valley, about her passion for archives and innovation and about the platform  

10 January 2018

Christian Falch • Producer

Christian Falch • Producer

EDN has talked to Norway's Christian Falch, producer for UpNorth Film and previously for Gammaglimt, Bivrost Film and Faction Film  

10 January 2018

Agnieszka Moody • Director, Creative Europe Desk UK

Agnieszka Moody • Director, Creative Europe Desk UK

EDN has talked to Agnieszka Moody about the work of the Creative Europe Desk and the possible consequences of the pending Brexit  

10 January 2018

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