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DOCalendar Deadlines in December 2019


Check out our monthly service covering upcoming deadlines of events in the documentary sector. This monthly overview is based on our DOCalendar, a freely available online tool containing a vast collection of information about key industry events.

The documentary world offers a whole variety of different workshops, pitching sessions and other doc industry events but it's sometimes challenging to keep track of all the dates and submission deadlines. That's why we provide a regular overview of documentary events that have a deadline to meet in the coming weeks. The December entries of our DOCalendar include deadlines for 2020 Filmmaker Residency, Documentary Lab, IDFA Bertha Fund - Prod. & Post, JIFF - Co-Production Market, The FOCAL International Awards, Open Frame Award, and more. Stay updated with our overview of DOCalendar deadlines for November 2019!

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2020 Filmmaker Residency
Deadline: 02/12 - 2019. Event dates: -
The JFI Filmmaker Residency program is an independent program of the Jewish Film Institute located at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, which offers access to workspace, knowledge sharing, outreach opportunities, networking events, meeting and exhibition space on an annual basis. Past filmmakers participants have expressed that the program has elevated their status in the film community, lead to additional in-house and outside recognition and resources, aided in securing funding, and provided valuable peer-to-peer interaction.

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Documentary Lab

Deadline: 03/11 - 2019. Event dates: -

Held in Los Angeles in April, the Film Independent Documentary Lab is an intensive five-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Through a series of meetings and workshops, the Documentary Lab provides creative feedback and story notes to participating filmmakers, while helping them to strategize for the completion, distribution, and marketing of their films.

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IDFA Bertha Fund - Prod. & Post.
Deadline: 10/12 - 2019. Event dates: -
Financial support for production and post-production allows filmmakers to actual realize their projects. The maximum contribution for production & post-production is €17,500. These contributions can be spent on all forms of production and post-production, from filming and editing to making the documentaries suitable for screening in cinemas, on television and at international festivals. Applications have to be submitted by a director or producer from a country on the IBF Classic Country List and the contribution must be spent in a country on this list as well.

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JIFF - Co-Production Market

Deadline: 15/12 – 2019. Event dates: January 18 – 20, 2020

Two days special programme will give you opportunities to meet the global partners that will move your projects forward: Co-Producers, Sales Agents, Distributors, Financiers, Directors, Film Festival Organizers, Film Commissions and Film Fraternity Members.

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The FOCAL International Awards

Deadline: 16/12 – 2019, Event dates: June 20, 20120

The Focal Awards celebrate the very best use of archival footage across the creative and cultural industries from cinematic features to the use of footage in live events. They also celebrate the best examples of archival restoration and preservation practice and the people and companies that make up the industry. If you would like to enter a production, film, project or person, read more about categories via the links below or contact us with questions on Eligible productions must have had a release or some kind of public distribution during the 2019 calendar year.

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Open Frame Award
Deadline: 31/12 - 2019. Event dates: -
For the third time, the Deutsches Filminstitut – DFF and goEast will present a selection of artistically ambitious virtual reality projects by young visual artists and filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as from Hessen-based art and film schools. Non-linear, non-narrative projects that allow the viewer to explore new worlds and go beyond the boundaries of film, visual art and technology, will find their place here. The Open Frame Award, endowed with 5,000 euros in prize money, is funded by the BHF BANK Foundation.

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In our online DOCalendar you can search among 600+ events. Here you can see a list with all the events with a deadline in December.

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