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Lisbon Docs 2016: New Gateways to Your Audience

At Lisbon Docs you will gain a great
network of international colleagues

October 17-22, 2016. Lisbon, Portugal.

The 2016 edition of Lisbon Docs once again concentrates on strategies to create top-quality documentary projects and on how to deliver them to existing and to 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 17th edition of the event will take place from 17 to 22 October 2016 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, on delivering advice on how to tell the stories in a way that will allow people to find an audience without loosing 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.

Lisbon Docs Flyer: Click for large version

Overview of Tutors

Edda Bauman von Broen | Producer | Germany

Tracie Holder | Producer & Director | USA | Specialist in USA Funding

Marta Andreu | Director | Spain

Audrius Stonys | Director | Lithuania

Peter Jäger | Distribution, Marketing & Sales Lecturer and Consultant | Austria

Thomas Ernst | Editor | Germany

Graça Castanheira | Director | Portugal

Christian Popp | Producer Yuzu Productions | France


Confirmed Panel Members

Marie-Anne Iacono | ARTE G.E.I.E. (Broadcaster) | France

Depi Vrettou | ERT S.A. (Broadcaster) | Greece

Astrid Ohlsén | SVT (Broadcaster) | Sweden

Jess Gormley | The Guardian (Newspaper) | United Kingdom

Elizabeth McIntyre | Sheffield Doc/Fest (Festival) | United Kingdom

Stefan Kloos | Rise & Shine World Sales (Distributor) | Germany

Margje de Koning | Head Documentaries, EO/IKONdocs (Broadcaster) | The Netherlands

Markéta Štinglová | Czech Television (TV / Broadcaster) | Czech Republic

Tom Koch | PBS (Broadcaster) | USA

Ingrid Falck | Al Jazeera English (TV) | Qatar

Reinhilde Weyns | Canvas/VRT (Broadcaster) | Belgium

Mads B. Mikkelsen | CPH:DOX (Festival) | Denmark

Selected International Projects:

BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD | D: Anne Barliant | P: Srdjan Sarenac | Novi Film | Bosnia and Herzegovina

DUNGEON KEEPERS | D/P: James Walsh | Sinamatella Productions | South Africa

ENERGY ISLAND | D: Emilija Skarnulyte | P: Dagne Vildziunaite | Just a Moment | Lithuania

ETERNAL SILENCE | D: Daniel Lambo | P: Maarten Schmidt | Storyhouse | Belgium

FADO | D: Antonio Cascais, Marcel Kolvenbach | P: Anahita Nazemi | Kobalt Documentary | Germany

FINDING THE WEREWOLF | D: Rodrigo Iturralde | P: Georgina González Rodríguez | Monofilms | Mexico

FORWARD TO THE ANCESTRY | D: Shorena Tevzadze | P: Giorgi Pridonishvili | Diafilm | Georgia

HER STORY WALL | D/P: Miriam Chandy Menachery | Filament Pictures | India

IT’S A FUNNY WORLD | D: Jethro Massey | P: Adriana Ferrarese | Ceresa Films | France

LAST MALE STANDING | D: Floor van der Meulen | P: R. Douze, H. van Nunen | Een van de Jongens | Netherlands

LIVES CAUGHT IN-BETWEEN | D: Sevinç Baloglu | P: Su Baloglu | RS Su Yapim | Turkey

LUST | D: Hildegunn Wærness | P: Carsten Aanonsen | Indie Film | Norway

SONS OF SALOMON | D: Albina Griniute | P: Gajane Kalatshjan | Benjamin River Productions | Lithuania

TEACH | D: Alex Brendea | P: Irina Malcea | Luna Film | Romania

THE AMBUSH | D: Tanya Doyle | P: Daniel Hegarty | Marmalade Films | Ireland

THE DAMNED | D: Angel Esteban, Elena Goatelli | P: Roberto Cavallini | Kottomfilms | Spain

THE MISSION | D: Monica Krupa | P: Dorota Mandziara | Trzyfilm | Poland

EUROPA IS PHOENICIAN | D: Salim Habr, Jihad Saade | P: S. Habr, R. Kazarian | Motoraids Lebanon | Lebanon

THE WIND | D: Michal Bielawski | P: Maciej Kubicki | Telemark Sp.z o.o. | Poland

UPSTREAM | D: Brunella Filì | P: Camilla Bonetti, Francesco Valenzano, Beth di Santo | Officinema Doc | Italy

Selected Portuguese Projects

FRAMING THE REVOLUTION | D: Erica Rodrigues | P: Fernando Vendrell | David & Golias | Portugal

HOME, SWEET SCHOOL | D: Ana Luísa Oliveira | P: Liliana Lasprilla | Pixbee | Portugal

THE IRAN AND THE FIGHT | D: Catarina Laranjeiro, Daniel Barroca | P: Ansgar Schäfer | Kintop | Portugal

| D: Jorge Pelicano | P: Helena Lins | Até ao Fim do Mundo | Portugal

Outreach workshop

Top projects take part in the outreach workshop

In connection with the 2016 edition of Lisbon Docs EDN is launching a new outreach 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)

EDN Contact:

Jörg Winkelmann







Lisbon Docs 2016 is supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme