German documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig and Russian-language network Current Time have partnered to bolster the position of documentaries in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize will look to honor an outstanding documentary project from the CEE region with the winner receiving a cash prize of US$2,000.
The prize will be presented during the 14th edition of DOK Leipzig’s Co-Pro Market on Oct. 29 and 30, and becomes the third award presented by DOK Leipzig in the international co-production meeting.
The DOK Co-Pro Market takes place annually as a part of the festival’s DOK Industry program. Thirty-five projects are participating in this year’s two-day event, which brings together producers and directors looking to explore funding options via coproducers, cofinanciers, broadcasters and other industry representatives.
Interested parties have until Aug. 1 to submit their creative documentary film projects, animated documentaries, one-offs or interactive projects currently in development to the 14th annual DOK Co-Pro Market.
DOK Leipzig runs Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 in Leipzig, Germany.
“The DOK Co-Pro Market continues to be an important bridge for like-minded professionals from both Western and Central Europe and internationally more generally,” said head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea in a statement. “We are very grateful that Current Time recognizes this and wants to nourish this community with an early financial contribution, to support maximum creativity and encourage ambition.”
“Supporting the development of documentary films is a vital way of affirming and nurturing independent voices in our [Central and Eastern European] region,” added Current Time director Daisy Sindelar. “Telling important stories doesn’t happen by itself. This prize is meant to support the process, and give hope to the authors, artists and subjects making the stories that matter.”