Six finalists have been chosen to take part in the sixth annual MIPDoc Co-Production Challenge, taking place on April 10 during MIPDoc in Cannes. The competition is presented by Reed MIDEM in partnership with realscreen.
After reviewing scores of submissions sent from around the world, the difficult decision was made to whittle down the entries to six participants. ‘I can safely say that the quality of entries this year was staggering, and the choices were difficult to make,’ says realscreen editor Barry Walsh. ‘But I can also say that the projects selected, taken together, represent a great range of subject matter and all the projects are being undertaken by extremely passionate filmmakers. Luckily, I don’t have to choose the winner.’
That task falls to this year’s jury, presided over by Nick Fraser, series editor for the BBC’s ‘Storyville.’ Jury members include Claire Aguilar, vice president of programming, ITVS; Julie Bristow, executive director, factual, CBC; Lorenzo Hendel, director, Rai-Radiotelevisione Italiana and Michael Katz, vice president, programming and production, AETN International.
The finalists for the 2010 MIPDoc Co-Production Challenge are:
* Listopad – submitted by Jefe Brown at U.F.O. Pictures, Czech Republic. Dir: Barbara Kopple
* Sudan in Fragments – submitted by Julian Phelan, Lobodocs/Aegis Trust, UK, Dir: Richard Wolf
* From Texas to Tehran – submitted by Partner Pictures, NY, Dir: Till Schauder
* Free Angela – submitted by de films en aiguille, France, Dir: Shola Lynch
* Rat Race – submitted by Filament Pictures, Mumbai, Dir: Miriam Chandy Menacherry
* Burning Needs – submitted by Adam Wakeling, Notion Pictures, UK Dir: Adam Wakeling
Congratulations to all of the finalists, and much thanks to all who submitted projects for this year’s edition.