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High Risk Television

Every documentary filmmaker has a story to tell about an adventure (or misadventure) during the shooting of their film. Usually it's a tale of survival - either a struggle to find the funding required to see the project through, or a...
October 1, 1998

Every documentary filmmaker has a story to tell about an adventure (or misadventure) during the shooting of their film. Usually it’s a tale of survival – either a struggle to find the funding required to see the project through, or a battle against the forces of nature or human nature. Sometimes all of the above.

On the floor of MIPCOM and in the bars and restaurants of Cannes this month, producers, distributors and directors will be swapping stories of how they got their project to market against all odds. These diaries track projects which also had the extra burden of a delivery date in at least three different countries, and in at least three different languages.

MIPCOM 1998 (Oct. 5 to 9) marks its 14th year with five days of buying and selling in Cannes. The focus this year is on Canada, including a keynote address by Telesystem chief executive Charles Sirois called ‘Convergence of the Media, Telecom, Internet and Television.’

Delegates will also honor the Personality of the Year, Pierre Lescure, chief executive of Canal+…

See stories:

The War That Wasn’t: World War III (pg. 58)

Staying Power: Champions of the Wild (pg. 64)

Family Drama: Mountain Rivals (pg. 70)

Days of Wine & Pre-Sales: Wine World (pg. 74)

The Neverending Story: Operation Free Ranging Lions (pg. 76)

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 HMV.com. 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.

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