Realscreen’s MIPTV Picks for 2016

This year's MIPTV Picks range from awe-inspiring natural history and fun factual entertainment, to social-issue documentary and several points between. (Pictured: How to Die: Simon's Choice)
March 28, 2016

As distributors from around the world set off to Cannes, we at realscreen set out each year to make the acquisition process a little less frantic by offering up our picks of programming that merits a closer look. This year’s MIPTV Picks range from awe-inspiring natural history and fun factual entertainment, to social-issue documentary and several points between. Congratulations to our Best in Show (pictured), which wins for its submitting company a pass to the 2017 Realscreen Summit.

Best in Show: How to Die – Simon’s Choice
Partners: Minnow Films with the Open University for BBC2, distributed by Zodiak Rights

Partners: Dream Catcher Motion Pictures; distributed by Zed

How the Rich Live Longer
Partners: ITN Productions for Channel 4; distributed by Orange Smarty

The Secret Life of the Zoo
Partners: Blast! Films for Channel 4; distributed by Sky Vision

Partners: Motto Pictures; distributed by Dogwoof, Nonstop Entertainment for Scandinavia, Sundance Selects and Showtime for North America

National Bird
Partners: Ten Forward Films, ITVS, NDR; distributed by ro*co films international

Lost and Found
Partners: Frank Films, Shaw Media Canada, NHK, SBS Australia; distributed by Tricon Films

Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor
Partners: Furnace Ltd. for BBC; distributed byTVF International

Walking the Himalayas
Partners: October Films with GroupM Entertainment for Channel 4; distributed by Sky Vision

My Baby, Psychosis and Me
Partners: Matchlight for BBCl; distributed by DCD Rights

The Lesser Caucasus
Partners: NDR Naturfilm/Doclights for NDR, WDR, Terra Mater, Channel 1 (Russia) and Altayfilm; distributed by ZDF Enterprises

Partners: ZCDC and ITVS; distributed by 108 Media

Hitting Home
Partners: In Films for Australian Broadcasting Corporation; distributed by ABC Commercial

A Year in Space
Partners: PBS and Time Inc.; distributed by PBS International

Partners: Mile 22, Transform Films, Cuomo Cole Productions, Artemis Media Ventures; distributed by ro*co films internationa

Right Footed
Partners: Nick Spark Productions; distributed by APT Worldwide

Nature’s Superdads
Partners: MFP; distributed by Zed

Notes on Blindness
Partners: Archer’s Mark in assoc. with Fee Fie Foe Films, 104 Films; coproduced by Agat Films & Cie, ARTE France; supported by Creative England, the BFI, Impact Partners, ARTE France, BBC ‘Storyville,’ Cinereach, Britdoc, New York Times and PROCIREP-ANGOA; worldwide sales handled by Cinephil

Life, Animated
Partners: A&E lndieFilms, Motto Pictures, Roger Ross Williams Productions; distributed in North America by The Orchard, international sales handled by Dogwoof

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
Partners: Dog Green Productions for HBO; distributed by Cargo Film & Releasing

Boy to Man
Partners: Seven Productions for Travel Channel; distributed by Beyond International

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.