MIPDoc ’15: “Brain Power” wins Copro Challenge

The project, from ARTE and French producer Scientifilms, examines the mysteries of human consciousness and intelligence.
April 12, 2015

Brain Power, a project exploring human consciousness from ARTE and Paris-based Scientifilms, took the top prize at the MIPDoc International Coproduction Challenge on Saturday (April 11).

The 2 x 52-minute project examines the nature of human consciousness as well as intelligence, while looking at scientific developments that can potentially enhance intelligence.

While the program is in production, Alec Herrmann, head of pre-sales and acquisitions for ARTE’s home video department, told attendees at the pitch competition there are still opportunities for coproduction. More information on the program can be found here.

Meanwhile, Children of Dictators, from Autentic in Germany, took the audience award, tabulated through an interactive voting system presented during the session.

Other projects pitched included Pioneers & Heroes from the UK’s Espresso TV, which profiles technological advances in medical science, engineering and technology that are used in war; On the Edge of the Mind from Spain’s Intuitive Productions and Somadrome, about a U.S. government-engineered memory device called the “Conectome,” which maps humans’ neural networks; Lengguru The Lost World from France’s Mona Lisa Production, on an expedition in West Papua New Guinea that sets out to discover new species; and Space Smash from France’s Saint Thomas Productions, which details the efforts to clean the trash floating in outer space.

The session was sponsored by ZDF Enterprises, which also selected the jury members, chaired by Ralf Rueckauer, VP of factual for ZDFE.

With files from Manori Ravindran

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