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Extra: Doc Alliance Awards nominees announced; Off the Fence to handle sales for Auschwitz docuseries

Doc Alliance unveils nominees for annual DA Awards Doc Alliance, the Prague-based association comprised of seven major European documentary film festivals, has released the list of nominees for its 15th annual ...
March 23, 2022

Doc Alliance unveils nominees for annual DA Awards

Doc Alliance, the Prague-based association comprised of seven major European documentary film festivals, has released the list of nominees for its 15th annual Doc Alliance Awards for best feature documentary and best short documentary.

Each festival, represented by its programmers and artistic director, is allowed to submit one feature and one short for consideration for the award. The seven nominees in each category are then evaluated by a jury of film journalists and film professionals who will ultimately select the winning feature and short, each of which will receive a cash prize of €8,000.

The festivals that make up the Doc Alliance are Denmark’s CPH:DOX; Portugal’s Docslisboa; Germany’s DOK Leipzig; France’s FIDMarseille; the Czech Republic’s Ji.hlava; Poland’s Millennium Docs Against Gravity; and Switzerland’s Visions du Réel.

The full list of nominees in each category, along with the nominating festivals, are below.

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

The Eclipse (Nataša Urban, Norway) — CPH:DOX
Yoon (Pedro Figueiredo Neto & Ricardo Falcão, Portugal) — Docslisboa
Nasim (Ole Jacobs & Arne Büttner, Germany) — DOK Leipzig
A Night of Knowing Nothing (Payal Kapadia, France/India) — FIDMarseille
Kapr Code (Lucie Králová, Czech Republic/Slovakia) — Ji.hlava
The Pawnshop (Łukasz Kowalski, Poland)— Millennium Docs Against Gravity
5 Dreamers and a Horse (Aren Malakyan & Vahagn Khachatryan, Armenia/Germany/ Switzerland/Denmark/Georgia) — Visions du Réel

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Abyss (Jeppe Lange, Denmark) — CPH:DOX
Peace (José Oliveira & Marta Ramos, Portugal) — Docslisboa
Light Years (Monika Proba, Poland) — DOK Leipzig
In the Billowing Night (Erika Etangsalé, France) — FIDMarseille
Beautiful Solution (Eliška Cílková, Czech Republic) — Ji.hlava
Joanna d’Arc (Aleksander Szamałek, Poland) — Millennium Docs Against Gravity
Aralkum (Daniel Asadi Faezi & Mila Zhluktenko, Uzbekistan/Germany) — Visions du Réel

The seven-member jury that will determine this year’s winners is comprised of film critics and journalists Frederik Bojer Bové (POV.International), Esther Buss (Jungle World, Filmdienst, Der Tagesspiegel), Teresa Vieira (Antena 3, Cineuropa) and Michał Walkiewicz (Filmweb); Nepheli Gambade, critic for Critikat and programmer at the Athens Avant Garde Film Festival; filmmaker and critic Leila Basma; and Nicolas Wadimoff, filmmaker and head of the Cinema department at HEAD–Genève.

The winners of the Doc Alliance Awards will be announced at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24, as part of the Doc Day Lunch industry programme at the Marché du Film.

Off the Fence to handle worldwide distribution for Polish docuseries Auschwitz in 33 Objects

International prodco and distributor Off the Fence has signed a deal with Poland’s Inbornmedia to sell global broadcast rights for a new docuseries that approaches the history of the Holocaust from a novel and moving angle.

Produced by Inbornmedia in collaboration with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which is located on the site of the notorious former extermination camp, Auschwitz in 33 Objects excavates personal stories of some of the millions who perished at Auschwitz through carefully preserved material evidence that they left behind, from toothbrushes to suitcases to locks of hair.

The series will be shot in both a Polish version (10 x 22 min.) that will air on domestic broadcaster Polsat, which commissioned and funded the series, and an English-language version (4 x 52 min.) that Off the Fence will represent for the international market.

“Due to the international importance of the topic, we immediately decided to make the series in two languages, Polish and English,” said Maciej Pawełczyk, CEO of Inbornmedia. “The Museum staff dedicated themselves to the project and gave interviews also in English so that these stories could spread more easily around the world.”

“We’re happy to be working with Inbornmedia on another exciting series,” Off the Fence head of acquisitions Loren Baxter added. “Their unique access to the Auschwitz Museum and Memorial brings us into some of the darkest moments in our history. Inbornmedia use[s] stylized animations, alongside breathtaking visuals, to bring this series to life.”

Off the Fence has previously worked with Inbornmedia to sell worldwide rights to the Polish prodco’s 2020 hour-long tech doc 5G: The Speed of the Wave.

Silverlining closes several international sales on new UK format The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge

Ahead of the March 27 premiere of The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge on Channel 4′s More4, the show’s partial backer, Bristol-based finance broker and distribution agent Silverlining Rights, has secured several international pre-sales for the new competition format.

Produced by Welsh prodco Yeti and hosted by former Great British Bake Off co-presenter Sandi Toksvig, the new 8 x 60-minute format will see miniature-model enthusiasts competing to renovate run-down dollhouses into dazzling mini-show homes. The competition will be judged by interior design guru Laura Jackson and world record-holding micro-sculptor Willard Wigan, while host Toksvig will be “shrunk” by VFX to offer tours of the competitors’ creations.

Silverlining has announced confirmed pre-sales to such international broadcasters as TV4 and MTV3 Sweden and Finland, TV2 Denmark, and TVNZ and M6 France (6ter), with more deals reportedly forthcoming.

The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge taps into the fast-growing global trend of creating incredible miniature structures in a fun competition format,” said Silverlining founder and managing director Bethan Corney in a release announcing the sales. “The strength of the show is reflected in these pre-sales and the international interest we’re getting in the format, which we expect to increase as the UK transmission takes place.”

Added Siân Price, Yeti creative director and an EP on the series: “Silverlining’s pre-sales were instrumental in helping us fill a funding gap and start production on The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge for Channel 4, and we’re excited to see the reaction from international audiences.”

Boundary-pushing format Taboo to make debut in Portugal

Amsterdam-based distributor Lineup Industries has sold the award-winning international format Taboo to Portuguese broadcaster SIC, which will produce a local version of the show starring comedian Bruno Nogueira.

Originally created for Belgium’s VRT in 2018, the series challenges a comedian to develop a routine that tackles a subject considered too sensitive to be laughed at, from physical disability to blindness to obesity. The twist is that the comic first has to spend time living with people impacted by the condition, who will then be the audience for their final performance.

The Portuguese deal is only the latest in what are now double-digit sales for the format worldwide. Local versions of the show have already aired in territories such as Australia, Canada and Israel, and second seasons have recently been commissioned for Denmark’s TV2 and Spain’s TV3.

“With widespread discussions about offense and freedom of speech, the topics tackled by Taboo seem timelier and more thought-provoking than ever,” said Lineup co-founder Ed Louwerse. “The returning nature of the format in markets where it has aired underscores how it’s resonating strongly with viewers. The show is sometimes uncomfortable, often enlightening, but always positive.”

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 HMV.com. 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.

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