Tine Fischer, founder and director of Copenhagen-based film festival CPH:DOX, is to part ways with the film organization following this year’s festival.
Fischer (pictured) will continue to lead the 18th edition of the Danish festival, running from April 21 to May 2, before joining the National Film School of Denmark as the independent institution’s new director.
“Needless to say, it’s been a difficult decision for me to leave the festivals,” said Fischer in a statement. “I founded CPH:DOX in 2003, and in collaboration with amazing colleagues and partners from all over the world I have spent almost my entire adult life growing the festival to become what it is today.
“I’m confident that CPH:DOX will continue to play an important role as a leading festival in a vibrant global documentary community in the years to come. The role of film festivals is changing as we speak, just as I see the role of film schools undergoing a parallel renewal,” she added.
The CPH:DOX board is currently in discussions with Fischer to determine how the executive can continue her engagement with the Copenhagen Film Festivals umbrella organization in the future.
The organization will now begin the process of appointing a new festival director to head CPH:DOX, fiction event CPH:PIX and children’s festival Buster.
Under Fischer’s stewardship, the Copenhagen-set festival has grown to be one of the world’s leading international documentary festivals — and the largest in Northern Europe. The organizing team behind the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival has dedicated the better part of 16 years to building up the Danish event, growing the festival and market from 12,000 admissions in its first year to a record-breaking 114,400 admissions in 2019.