MIPDoc Co-Production Challenge projects chosen

Six new documentary projects will be presented to a jury of commissioning editors at MIPDoc in Cannes on April 2.
March 22, 2011

The MIPDoc Co-Production Challenge, presented by Reed MIDEM and organized in partnership with realscreen and the European Documentary Network (EDN), has chosen six projects to compete for the favor of a jury of international commissioning editors. The event is part of the kick-off of MIPDoc, taking place April 2 from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. at Cannes’ Carlton Hotel.

The six projects, as chosen by EDN, are:

17 Not Required Indians (prodco: Sprocket Science, India)

A Spy in Love (prodco: Ladybirds Films, France)

Baltoro Passage (prodco: The Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, Poland)

Desert Cantos (prodco: Off World, Belgium)

Padre Fortea: The Exorcist (prodco: Gammaglimt AS, Norway)

Wild One (Film IT, Slovenia)

All of the projects will be presented before a jury of international commissioning editors, selected by realscreen. The jury includes:

Hamish Mykura, head of documentaries, Channel 4 (jury chair)

Axel Arno, commissioning editor for SVT - Sveriges Television AB

Nick Cohen, multiplatform commissioning executive, Knowledge, BBC

Karen Michael, commissioning editor for ARTE France

Iikka Vehkalahti, commissioning editor, Documentary for YLE TV2

The winner of the MIPDoc Co-Production Challenge will receive: editorial coverage during MIPDoc 2011 and in realscreen’s post-MIP issue; a one-on-one meeting with a jury member during the event; free entry to MIPDoc 2012; free submission of their winning program to the MIPDoc 2012 digital library; a two-day pass to the 2012 Realscreen Summit, in Washington D.C.; and a one-year subscription to realscreen.

For more information on the six projects and the Co-Production Challenge, visit the MIPDoc site.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.