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FIPADOC Kicks Off Second Festival Edition With Exclusive Focus on Docs


Taking place from 21-26 January 2020 in Biarritz, this year's edition of FIPADOC will feature seven competitive sections, including four involving a Grand Prize. Two of the films in competition have previously been pitched as projects at the EDN workshops Lisbon Docs and Docs in Thessaloniki.

Still from Numéro 387 disparu en Méditerranée
directed by Madeleine Leroyer

After having transformed into a 'documentary-only' event in 2019, FIPADOC's second edition boasts more than 170 films to be showcased this week in Biarritz. In addition to the traditional elements of the festival, two new sections have been added (European Stories, featuring 10 films, and Family Films, featuring 9 titles).

FIPADOC’s International Competition consists of twelve titles including Michał Bielawski's The Wind. A Documentary Thriller (Poland, Slovakia, 2019). The film previously participated as a project in the EDN pitching workshop Lisbon Docs. Synopsis: The Halny wind is the most unpredictable element in the Polish mountains. It comes in cycles, in every spring and autumn. One never knows if or when it turns into a destructive gale. Halny particularly affects the inhabitants of Zakopane and its area, changing farms, streets and even human minds into a battle ground with an untamed performance of nature.

Among the ten titles running for the Impact Grand Prize is Madeleine Leroyer's Numéro 387 disparu en Méditerranée, a 2019 co-production bewteen France, Belgium and Italy. The title previously participated as a project in the EDN pitching workshop Docs in Thessaloniki as "The Watchmen". Synopsis: Every day, more migrants die in the Mediterranean. Nameless. An Italian team of forensic pathologists is fighting to restore their identities thus helping their families finding closure. By giving the dead their dignity back, they vouch for ours.

As part of the festival's industry section, FIPADOC will also feature an international pitching session consisting of 15 projects: five French and ten international projects, pitched to a panel of commissioning editors and other industry professionals, with the goal of finding new partners. The project catalogue can be found here.

The International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (French: Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels — FIPA), founded in 1987 by Michel Mitrani (1930-1996), was first held in Cannes in October 1987. In 2019, FIPA became FIPADOC, an international festival specializing in non-fiction films for all screens and all formats.



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