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Documentaries and doc events at the Berlinale

Poster Berlinale 2014The Berlinale takes documentaries seriously. This is not only reflected by the fact that this year no fewer than 64 docs are screening in the various festival programmes, but also in the wide range of workshops, panels and presentations that are taking place in Berlin right now.

The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to documentaries in their diverse forms. This is reflected in the programmes of the Berlinale’s different sections and initiatives, as well in the European Film Market (EFM), Berlinale Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents.

In 2014, a total of 64 documentaries will be screening in a variety of forms. In addition, discussion of a wide range of different aspects related to documentaries will be intensified – at workshops, panels and presentations.

Last year, the Golden Bear- the top film prize at the Berlin International Film Festival – was handed out to eighty-year-old filmmaking brothers Paolo and Vittorio for their documentary Caesar Must Die (Cesare Deve Morire).

Here are some of the events taking place this year:

Meet the Docs

This European Film Market (EFM) programme will take place for the sixth time in 2014. The initiative is a co-operation with the European Documentary Network (EDN) and gives the international documentary film trade a meeting point. Festival and market visitors enjoy various panel discussions, individual meetings with international documentary film festivals, documentary film project consulting talks, and networking events.

Its general aim is to promote a dialogue between buyers, sellers, directors and producers of documentaries.

Docs Spotlights

This series by IDFA and DOK Leipzig presents a selection of the previous documentary festival highlights. Among the film being screened are Supermensch by Mike Myers, The Unknown Known by Errol Morris and Kitty Green’s Ukraine is not a Brothel.

Meet the Distributors

In this event, leading documentary distributors have a chance to introduce themselves, their company and their portfolio to the audience.

Meet the Festivals

You guessed it, this session series introduces documentary film festivals, which will share their insights and answer questions in one-on-one meetings directly at the Meet the Docs Stand.

Meet the Docs Talks

Various talks in collaboration with Sundance discuss the documentary landscapes, broadcasters, funds and festival strategies in North America and Europe.

Meet the Docs Conversations

A conversation between Luciano Barisone, director of Visions du Réel, and Sebastian Mez, German filmmaker in which they are to discuss creative documentary filmmaking in Germany.

Plus, a one-on-one talk with Florian Hager – deputy director of programme and director of programming Web+TV, ARTE G.E.I.E, hosted by Daniel Saltzwedel, funding consultant for documentary film at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

The Act (and Art) of the Doc

This headline talk on documentaries and non-fiction discusses if the industry is at a crucial point. With cutting budgets and funding but increasing popularity and creativity.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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