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Lisbon Docs 2018: New Gateways to Your Audience

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

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.

Lisbon Docs Flyer: Click for larger version

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



Confirmed Tutors

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.


Participation Fee

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.

Outreach workshop

Top projects take part in the outreach workshop

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)

EDN Contact:

Jörg Winkelmann







Lisbon Docs 2018 is supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme