Winners for the 2019 MIPDOC and MIPFormats project pitches have been revealed.
Taking the top prize for the MIPFormats International Pitch competition in the Palais des Festivals was Australia’s 1440 Productions with Change My Mind.
Pitched by Melbourne-based producers Kristy Fuller and Amy Parks, the format features adults with preconceived notions challenged by a child or teen activist. In addition to the award, the pair also took home a cash prize worth €5,000 (US$5,632).
Turkey’s Lucid Dream Entertainment, meanwhile, was feted with the People’s Choice Award for their format The Wall Project.
Down the Croisette at the JW Marriott Cannes, P3 Media’s One Giant Leap and ZED’s The Doubt Makers (pictured) were selected as the winners of the 2019 MIPDoc Project Pitches.
P3 Media’s One Giant Leap (U.S.), meanwhile, was awarded in the Science & Technology tract. The project beat out the likes of Mediawan Rights’ Global Science (France), Beagle Media’s 2020: Space Beyond (Italy), Sequana Media’s 7 Wonders: Rebuilding Legendary Monuments (France), and Lucky You’s Ariane: The Impossible Bet (France).
French indie producer and distributor ZED’s in-depth investigative docuseries The Doubt Makers was presented with the award in the Current Affairs & Investigation category. The 52- or 90-minute project focuses on the science of doubt across three categories – tobacco, climate change and pesticides – in an attempt to dismantle notions that aim to turn science against itself.
Finalists for the MIPDOC competition made their pitches in front of a jury of international decision-makers, including: Chris Hoelzl, Smithsonian Channel; Hiroaki Katayama, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp; Martin Pieper, ZDF; and Bernadette McDaid, National Geographic.