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Lisbon Docs 2014 - new gateways to your audience

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

October 14 - 18, 2014. Lisbon, Portugal.

The 2014 edition of Lisbon Docs concentrates on strategies to create top-quality documentary projects and on how to deliver them to existing and to new audiences. So if you are a documentary maker with an international project in development Lisbon Docs is the place to be. The submission deadline is August 31, 2014.

Lisbon Docs is an international financing and coproduction forum for documentary film, which takes place in the framework of doclisboa - International Film Festival. At Lisbon Docs you'll be introduced to the power of new players in the distribution and financing markets. The workshop sessions will focus on analysing 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 concludes with all projects being pitched to a panel of leading broadcasters, financiers and experts. Following the pitch projects and panelists will be individually matched for meeting. The following decision makers and experts have confirmed their participation on the concluding pitching panel:

  • Tom Koch, PBS International, USA
  • Jenny Westergård, YLE, Finland
  • Robert Salvestrin, Lucky You, France
  • Claire Aguilar, ITVS, USA
  • Wilbur Leguebe, RTBF, Belgium
  • Calum Gray, Independent Film Company, UK
  • Jan Daae, DR International Sales, Denmark
  • Anne Charbonnel, ARTE, France

More panel participants for the pitching session will be announced as we have them available.

The winners of the pitching session will receive a follow-up consultancy by the EDN team and the opportunity to demonstrate the progress that has been made in the development of their project - and to reach decision makers that were not present during the Lisbon Docs 2014 pitching session - by organising an online pitch a couple of months later. 

Lisbon Docs will offer extra power to your international development and financing strategy. 20 selected documentary projects will be developed in the intense workshop. Priority will be given to producer-director teams. The Lisbon Docs expert team will assist you in defining a realistic strategy to finance your documentary and offer you the tools to boost your persuasiveness during the pitching stages after the event. The workshop will be run by EDN Director Paul Pauwels. The tutor team of the workshop is:

  • Edda Baumann von Broen, Director / Producer, Germany
  • Audrius Stonys, Director, Lithuania
  • Koen Suidgeest, Director, Netherlands
  • Mark Daems, Producer, Belgium
  • Marta Andreu, Producer, Spain
  • Catarina Alves Costa, Director, Portugal
  • Tracie Holder, Director / Producer, USA
  • Phil Jandaly, Editor, Sweden / Canada

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.

Projects selected for Lisbon Docs 2014

The deadline for submitting your project to Lisbon Docs 2014 was August 31, 2014. Here is the list with the projects selected for Lisbon Docs 2014:

37°48′N 25°12′W Director: Manuel Bernardo Cabral. Producers: Manuel Bernardo Cabral & Judite Barros, Cineact - Produções Audiovisuais, Portugal

A New Girl’s Order Director: João Viana. Producer: João Viana, Papaveronoir – Filmes, Portugal 

Braima Director: Justine Lemahieu. Producers: Adonis Liranza and Rita Gonzalez, Quilombo Films, France / Portugal 

Casas Partidas / Departed Houses Director: Maria Clara Escobar. Producers: Isabel Machado, Joana Ferreira and Paula Pribas, C.R.I.M. / Filmes de Abril, Portugal / Brasil 

Death and the Maiden Directors: Janos Tedeschi and Christof Schaefer. Producer: Damien Lagogué, Les Produits Frais, France

El Color del Camaleon / The Color of the Cameleon Director: Andres Lübbert. Producers: Eric Goossens, Frederik Nicolai & Flor Rubina, Off World / Blume Producciones, Belgium / Chile

Expedition 81 Directors: Tiago Cravidão and Henrique Loff. Producer: António Ferreira, Persona Non Grata Pictures, Portugal 

Going Viral Director: Colm Quinn. Producers: Ciaran Deeney, David Clarke & Colm Quinn, Faction Films / El Zorrero Films, Ireland 

Guaporé Director: Ricardo de Almeida. Producer: Ricardo de Almeida, Espaço Video / HibriD Pictures, Portugal 

Hello and Goodbye Director: Tomislav Zaja, Producer: Tomislav Zaja, Gral Film, Croatia 

Hi, Rasma! Director: Laila Pakalnina. Producer: Arko Okk, Acuba Film, Estonia 

Mourning at Sea Director: Pedro Magano. Producer: Liliana Lasprilla, Pixbee, Portugal 

Paradise Gowns Director: Albina Griniute. Producer: Gajane Kalatshjan & Vygantas Kirejevas, Benjamin River Productions UAB, Lithuania 

Paul Morissey – The Independent of Independents Director: Stefania Casini. Producer: Stefania Casini, Bizef Produzione, Italy 

The Families Director: Piotr Złotorowicz. Producers: Konrad Szolajski & Małgorzata Prociak, ZK Studio Ltd, Poland 

The Magic Circle Director: Cressida Trew. Producers: Andrea Leiner, Jeffrey Saunders, Danya Nadar, Khalid Abdalla and Cat Villiers, 10,000 Hours / Zero Production / Autonomous, USA / Egypt / UK 

The Naked Dream Director: Jan Dalchow. Producers: Hilde Skoftele and Jan Dalchow, Skofteland Film, Norway 

Transit Director: Lisa Violetta Gaß, Producers: Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Benjamin Grosch & Lisa Violetta Gaß, fifty2films, Germany 

Vadio Director: Stefan Lechner. Producer: Leigh Carapeto, major tune KG, Austria

Veganarchy Director: Gil Golan. Producer: Judith Manassen Ramon, Israel

What Are We Waiting For, Grema? Director: Biljana Tutorov. Producer: Biljana Tutorov, WAKE UP Films / The Talent Incubator, Serbia / Germany

When a Dream Comes True Director: Eduard Antoja. Producers: Amea de Luis and Perry Pickert, Mc Guiffin Estudio Audiovisual, S. L. / Friday Films, Spain / USA

EDN Contact

Paul Pauwels

Contact for Potuguese submissions:

Casa do Cinema, Rua da Rosa, nº277, 2º Andar, 1200- 385 Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon Docs 2014 is supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme