For the second consecutive year, realscreen and the National Film Board of Canada have worked together to present the MIPDOC Co-Production Challenge. It’s an opportunity for five producers to pitch to a panel of broadcasters, with the best pitch taking home a prize package that includes passes to next year’s Realscreen Summit and MIPDOC, as well as €2,000 (US$2,400). This year’s five finalists are:
Always Together is produced by Minimum Fax Media in Rome. The 75-minute film delves into the fabric of Sicilian culture, interpreted through the lives of the Bertolini family – important players in the Mafia.
Eros and Sentiments in Beijing is produced by Kenzi SRL in Milan. A 52-minute film juxtaposing the expectations of ancient culture against the need to use sex for survival. China is changing on all fronts.
Waltz With Bashir, an 80-minute animated documentary from Paris’ Les Films d’Ici, tackles the story of western Beirut during the 1982 massacres in Sabra and Shatila.
The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories from Budapest’s Agitprop is a 52-minute doc about the awkward evolution of a village from concentration camp to city, to a center of nuclear power.
There’s also Music Academy Angola, from Seventh Art Productions in London. The 90-minute film profiles a year in the life of a music academy in the capital of Angola – one of the world’s most dangerous places.
These five finalists were chosen from dozens of pitches to present their films to a panel that includes Maurice Paleau (NFB), Adrian Wills (UKTV), Hélène Coldefy (ARTE) and Kristina Hollstein (ZDF). The moderator for the panel will be Cable Ready president and CEO Gary Lico.
Look for a profile of the winning pitch in the next issue of realscreen.