Lisbon Docs 2018: New Gateways to Your Audience
October 14-20, 2018. Lisbon, Portugal.
The 2018 edition of Lisbon Docs will concentrate on strategies to create top-quality documentary projects and on how to deliver them to existing and new audiences. If you are a documentary filmmaker with an international project in development, Lisbon Docs is the place to be. Lisbon Docs is a reference for professionals who seek financing and co-production opportunities for documentary projects.
The 19th edition of Lisbon Docs will take place from 14 to 20 October 2018 at Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal. At Lisbon Docs, participants will be introduced to the power of new players in the distribution and financing markets. The workshop sessions will focus on analyzing the content of the selected projects and on delivering advice about how to tell stories in a way that will allow filmmakers to find an audience without loosing their artistic integrity.
Lisbon Docs is open for all European documentary professionals and has a limited number of seats for participants coming from outside Europe. Submissions are accepted from professionals, who want to take part in an intense creative dialogue and development process as well as present their project to potential documentary financiers, European television channels and producers. In the past, Lisbon Docs has proven to be successful in pushing filmmakers into the international scene.
The Lisbon Docs Forum consists of two distinct working phases: the first part is a workshop during which the participants are accompanied by a team of experienced tutors in the development of their projects. The second part consists of two pitching sessions where the projects are presented to a panel of production and distribution professionals, potential co-producers and financiers. Attendance at both work phases is mandatory. Participants of Lisbon Docs will gain a great network of international colleagues and get unique opportunities to introduce their documentary projects to industry professionals.
Overview of Financiers
The decision makers listed below will participate as financiers in the pitching sessions and one-on-one meetings.
Maelle Guenegues | Sales Agent | Cats & Docs | France
Charlotte Gry Madsen | Broadcaster | SVT | Sweden
Jenny Westergaard | Broadcaster | YLE | Finland
Lucie Touboul | Sales Agent | Dogwoof | UK/USA
Jiri Vlach | Broadcaster | Czech TV | Czech Republic
Michael Davie | Satellite-TV-Online | TRT World | Turkey
Osnat Eden | Broadcaster | KAN | Israel
Philippa Kowarsky | Sales Agent | Cinephil | Israel
Mitch Mallon | Distributor | Stadium Media | USA
Mandy Chang | Broadcaster | BBC | UK
Antje Boehmert | Producer, DOCDAYS Productions GmbH | Germany
Hanka Kastelicova | HBO Europe | Hungary
Debra Zimmermann | Executive Director, Women Make Movies | USA
John Appel | Commissioning Editor & Director | The Netherlands
Thomas Ernst | Film Editor, Story Editor | Germany
Marta Andreu | Director | Spain
Graça Castanheira | Director | Portugal
Stefan Kloos | Distributor, Rise & Shine World Sales | Germany
Selected International Projects:
Blaming Solidarity | D/P: Matthaeus Weissenbacher | 24 Milimeter Filmproduktion M. Weissenbacher | Austria
Dreams of Vladan Radovanovic | D: Sonja Djekic | P: Sonja Djekic | Keva | Serbia
George Tooker | D: Maciej Thiem, Antonii Gralek | P: Maciej Thiem | Mad Tree | Poland
Go Back! | D: Boris Despodov | P: Boris Despodov, Plamen Bontchev | Arthouse Blockbusters | Bulgaria
Gold Rush | D: F. Emmanuel Bastien, Petya Hristova | P: F. Emmanuel Bastien | Manuproductions | USA
Lessons in Democracy | D: Michal Helwak | P: Marcin Wierzchoslawski | Metro Films sp. z.o.o | Poland
Let me Live in the Forest | D: Sergio Pablos Martínez, Luis Martinez Esteban | P: Elena Mera | Haiku Films s.l | Spain
Man With A Family | D: Mikael Strandberg, Ulrika Rang | P: Mikael Strandberg | Explorer Mikael Strandberg | Sweden
Mercury | D: Joelle Chesselet | P: Joelle Chesselet, Lloyd Ross | Valley Studios | South Africa
Michel | D: Ganna Iaroshevych | P: Ganna Iaroshevych | Ptashka Video | Ukraine
Mother and Son | D: David Power | P: Ionut Piturescu, Alina Matache | Cineimpact Alliance | Romania
Plan B | D: Frank Theys | P: Vincent Stroep | Escautville | Belgium
Queen of the Deuce | D: Valerie Kontakos | P: Valerie Kontakos, Despina Pavlaki | Exile Films | Greece
High Tea | D: Abhra Aich | P: Abhra Aich | Tadpole Entertainers | India
Sons of Vivancos | D: Mireia Graell | P: Mireia Graell | Ringo Media | Spain
The Hole in my Life | D: Xavier van Delft | P: Andrea Osvárt | XAPF, Amego Film | The Netherlands
The Pirate and the President | D: Lennart Stuyck, Maarten Stuyck | P: Maarten Bernaerts | Diplodokus | Belgium
The Tigress | D: Dino Osmanovic | P: Michael Steinwand | Funfairfilms | Germany
There Was And There Wasn't | D: Andrea Capranico | P: Lorenzo Cioffi | Ladoc | Italy
Wars, Lies and Videotape | D: Aleksander Nikolic | P: Gregor Streiber | inselfilm produktion | UK/Germany
Women of Valor | D: Anna Somershaf | P: Anna Somershaf | Israel
Selected Portuguese Projects
Our Land, Our Altar | D: André Guiomar | P: Mafalda Rebelo | Cimbalino Filmes | Portugal
Terra Prometida | D: Margarida Gramaxo | P: Margarida Gramaxo | The Takes | Portugal
Participating as an Observer
For the 2018 edition, a number of seats are available for participants without a project. When participating without a project you will take part in all sessions on equal terms with the pitching participants. Only exception is not having a concrete project developed and pitched. Participants without a project pay 250 Euro1) 2) for taking part.
Each selected project pays a participation fee of 350 Euro1) 2), which includes one participating person. Other members of the pitching team pay an individual fee of 250 Euro1) 2). The fees are excluding additional costs like traveling expenses, accommodation etc.
1) EDN members receive a discount of 100 Euro on the participation fee for the first person connected to a project and 50 Euro for the second and third person of the project team (if attending with more than one person)
2) Associates of Apordoc are eligible for a 20% discount.
Programme and schedule
Participants and observers will receive additional information via email prior to the event as well as the official Lisbon Docs catalogue upon arrival at the venue. Please note that Lisbon Docs starts on Sunday, 14 October, with the first introductory sessions taking place at 14:00 in the afternoon.
In connection with the 2018 edition of Lisbon Docs EDN will organize an outreach and distribution workshop, which is tied to this pitching forum as well as 'Docs in Thessaloniki'. The new format will create a synergy between the two events by selecting the top projects from each forum and bringing them together in this post-event session taking place as an online workshop.
Focus for the session will be how the selected project teams can handle the increased need to combine new financing methods and alternative distribution methods with more traditional public funding sources. During the workshop the selected teams will strengthen the understanding of audience building and outreach for their projects in development. Through the online workshop the participants will:
- · Learn about tools for audience engagement
- · Sharpen their distribution strategy
- · Get individual feedback from outreach experts
- · Enhanced promotion and distribution possibilities.
The participants will benefit from these added values without adding extra travel costs and expenses for the production teams, as the seminar will take place online. The date of the workshop will be announced in this section as soon as possible.
Venue / Location
Lisbon Docs takes place at:
Edifício Sede da Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Rua Arco do Cego, Piso 1
1000-300 Lisboa (near the metro station: Campo Pequeno)
+45 3313 1122