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Documentaries at the Berlinale – Dokumentarfilm bei der Berlinale 2015

In Focus: Diverse Documentary Forms and Events

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), NATIVe, and Berlinale Talents.
In 2015, a total of 80 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.


El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button) by Patricio Guzmán

Here is a list of the films and events in 2015:


European Film Market (EFM) – “Meet the Docs”


The EFM documentary networking platform “Meet the Docs” will take place for the seventh time in 2015. The initiative, in collaboration with the European Documentary Network (EDN), promotes exchange among the international documentary industry, who can meet and mingle at the “Meet the Docs” stand in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Accredited Festival and Market visitors can participate in the enhanced panel series programme and one-on-one meeting format “Meet the Festivals” with programmers of international documentary film festivals and benefit from a documentary film project consulting by EDN.


Under the roof of “Meet the Docs”, the “Docs Spotlight” series by CPH:DOX, DOK Leipzig und IDFA present a selection of the previous documentary festival programmes.
Films in the Docs Spotlight” series


By Thomas Jackson, Charlotte Landelius, Henrik Stockare | Fortissimo Films


The Ceremony
By Lina Mannheimer | Autlook Filmsales


The Price We Pay
By Harold Crooks | Filmoption International


By Álex De la Iglesia | Film Factory Entertainment


The Look of Silence
By Joshua Oppenheimer | Cinephil


Danielův Svět (Daniel’s World)
By Veronika Liskova | Visible Film


Always Together
By Eva Tomanová | Visible Film


Art and Craft
By Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman | Autlook Filmsales


Hip Hop-eration
By Bryn Evans | Rise and Shine World Sales


From Caligari to Hitler
By Rüdiger Suchsland | Wide


Something Better to Come
By Hanna Polak | Films Transit International


That Sugar Film
By Damon Gameau | Metro International


The Forecaster
By Marcus Vetter | Autlook Filmsales


War of Lies
By Matthias Bittner | Cinephil
“Meet the Docs” Panel Programme


Meet the Distributors
February 07-10, 2.00–3.00 pm, EFM Producers Hub
Leading documentary distributors will briefly introduce themselves, their company profiles and what kind of documentaries they are looking for.


Meet the Festivals
February 06-10, 11.00 am – 12 noon at the stand #201 (Martin-Gropius-Bau 2nd floor)
This session series introduces documentary film festivals, which will share their insights and insides and answer questions in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings directly at the Meet the Docs Stand (Martin-Gropius-Bau, 2nd floor, stand#201).


Meet the Docs Talks
February 07-10, 5.30–6.00 pm at stands #200+201(Martin-Gropius-Bau 2nd
In collaboration with IFP & the Sundance Institute
Topics 2015:
Documentary Training & Development Programmes, Documentary Markets, Documentary Funds Documentary Broadcasters


Meet the Docs Conversations
EFM Producers Hub (Martin-Gropius-Bau)


AfriDocs Presents…
Friday, February 06, 4.00–4.30 pm
Conversation with documentary filmmaker and producer Don Edkins
The session gives insight on how AfriDocs started, the films they are screening, the audience they reach, and the strategy of the first documentary stand across sub-Saharan Africa.


The German Non-Fiction Industry: Access the Players
In collaboration with DOK Leipzig
Saturday, February 07, 4.00-4.00 pm
Leena Pasanen (Festival Director DOK Leipzig) in conversation with Thomas Kufus (Producer, Zero One Film) and Dr. Claudia Schreiner (Chief Commissioning Editor of Culture and Sciences MDR).


After The Film School: Challenges for Emerging Filmmakers And Producers
In collaboration with Visions du Réel
Monday, February 09, 4.00-5.00 pm
Conversation between Luciano Barisone, Director Visions du Réel, Nicole Vögele, Swiss filmmaker and Elsa Kremser, Austrian filmmaker.


The Yes Men: Keeping Up Appearances
In collaboration with IDFA
Tuesday, February 10, 4.00 – 5.00 pm
An informal conversation between Ally Derks, director of IDFA, Laura Nix and the Yes Men, directors of The Yes Men are Revolting, about activism in the Dark Ages.
Berlinale Talents


Doc Station 2015
Ten documentarists from five continents receive a week of assistance in developing their next project. In cooperation with German Federal Film Board (FFA), Sources 2 and ZDF/ARTE


Doc Station Directors in 2015:

10 projects, 5 continents

Khaled Abdulwahed, Jellyfish, Turkey / Syrian Arab Republic
Håvard Fossum, Calculate, Norway
Louis Henderson, Lies More Real Than Reality, France/ UK
Yin-Yu Huang, Wild Mountains Over The Sea, Japan / Taiwan
Marouan Omara, Dream Away, Egypt
Susanne Mi-Son Quester, Paju-Living In Sight of the Korean Border, Germany
Brett Story, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, Canada / UK
Magdalena Szymków, Reporter, Netherlands / Poland
Alvaro Torres, In the Shadows, Costa Rica
Claudia Tosi, I had a dream, Italy


For more information on the 10 selected projects, please go to www.berlinale-talents.de/bt/find/both


The Doc Station project presentation will take place on Wednesday February 11, 2015 from 10.30 am – 12.00 noon at the European Film Market Producer’s Hub.


Doc Station Mentors in 2015
Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/ARTE, Germany
Jakob Kirstein Høgel, New Danish Screen, Denmark
Meike Martens, Blinker Filmproduktion, Germany
Ulla Simonen, Sources 2, MADE & DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland
Don Edkins, AfriDocs, South Africa
Events with a focus on documentary film


Hybrid News: Documenting True Events
Monday February 09, from 2.00-3.30 pm at HAU2
With Atsushi Funahashi, Shaibu Husseini, Marcelo Martinessi. Emceed by Oliver Baumgarten. In cooperation with Forum and NATIVe.


The Memory of Violence
Tuesday February 10, from 2.00-5.30 pm at HAU1
With Marcel Ophüls, Joshua Oppenheimer. Emceed by Ralph Eue.
In cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office.


Space Invaders
Wednesday February 11, from 2.00-3.30 pm at HAU1
With Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno and Laura Nix. Emceed by Ben Gibson. In cooperation with Panorama.


Joint Forces: Laura Poitras on her films
Thursday February 12, from 5.00-6.00 pm at HAU3TF
With Laura Poitras (webcam session). Emceed by Matthijs Wouter Knol.
The complete list of the films in the programme sections of the festival can be found in the PDF.
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January 30, 2015







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