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CPH:DOX ’20 selects 34 doc projects for annual financing, copro event

Academy Award-nominated Laura Nix’s Nice Bright Colors and acclaimed director Jasmina Cibicare’s The Gift are among the 34 documentary projects featured in this year’s industry event at CPH:DOX. CPH:Forum serves as the ...
February 13, 2020

Academy Award-nominated Laura Nix’s Nice Bright Colors and acclaimed director Jasmina Cibicare’s The Gift are among the 34 documentary projects featured in this year’s industry event at CPH:DOX.

CPH:Forum serves as the financing and coproduction event held within the Copenhagen-based documentary film festival and seeks to facilitate the development and financing of “creative and visually strong” documentaries.

Among this year’s selections are projects from established, award-winning directors and production companies, as well as emerging talents tackling some of the pressing issues of today’s society and global politics. The 34 selected projects represent 17 different countries and a 50/50 gender split.

Titles include Nix’s Nice Bright Colors, which documents the transition of analog photography to digital in Rochester, New York, the home of Kodak; Cibicare’s The Gift (pictured), in which four individuals judge a competition to choose a gift that could heal a divided nation; and Berlinale-winning director Adina Pintilie’s Death and the Maiden, which provides an intimate look into the emotional archaeology of a couple.

The 2020 edition of the industry program, which saw a record-breaking 470-plus projects submitted, will present the selected projects through five categories, including FictionFiction, Cinema, F:ACT, Art and Science.

Projects will be presented to decision makers representing such streaming platforms as Disney+, Netflix and MUBI; broadcasters including ARTE, ZDF, BBC, CNN, National Geographic, PBS ‘POV’ and DR; studios including Participant Media, Topic, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios; and philanthropic foundations such as Science Sandbox, Freedom of Speech Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.

The event’s best project will also be feted with the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €15,000 (US$16,300).

CPH:Forum takes place March 24 to 26.

“We take pride in supporting the continued existence of a variety of voices and aesthetic expressions as is presented at our festival, even as that becomes increasingly difficult in a European market with less public funding available and less courage to take risks,” said Katrine Kiilgaard, head of industry and deputy director to CPH:DOX, in a statement. “With our new ventures such as our Science strand, we aim to expand the boundaries and possibilities for documentary film and filmmakers and grow the role of art as an active voice in civil society.”

In addition to the CPH:Forum, six works-in-progress from high-profile Nordic producers and directors have been selected for presentation as part of the CPH:WIP event on March 24.

Artists selected for CPH:WIP are seeking gap funding or a launch pad for further distribution. The titles are curated in collaboration with the Nordic film institutes.

The full line-up for the 2020 CPH:DOX documentary film festival, which runs March 18to 29,will be revealed next Thursday (Feb. 20).

The CPH:Forum and CPH:WIP slate can be viewed by clicking here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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