GZDOC Guangzhou & WCSFP Hong Kong: Close Proximity, Collaboration and Joint Discount

by Michel Noll Board Member, GZDOC When China’s most influential documentary festival, GZDOC in Guangzhou (formerly Canton) learned that Science Congress will hold its 2014 event in Beijing, the Board decided to intensively cooperate with WCSFP. The aim: To promote networking between foreign and Chinese filmmakers, broadcasters and producers. The rationale was that there are at …

World Congress of Science & Factual Producers Relocates to Hong Kong

by WCSFP, Toronto, September 4, 2014. The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) has announced that it has relocated its upcoming Congress from Beijing to Hong Kong. The event will now take place at the luxurious Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel on the same dates, November 18-21, 2014. The decision to relocate follows recent events …

China’s Documentary Channel Financial Problems: More Context

The ‘financial problems’ at CCTV that we reported last week relate to the “branding” of programs. “Branding” in China refers to: The financing by a brand of a production that has the editorial mission of presenting the brand positively. Example: ‘Inside the Porsche F1 Racing Team.’ The attachment of a sponsor message and product placement to …

China Corruption Bust: CCTV9 Doc Channel Director Liu Wen Arrested for Programming Graft

From Caixin Online, Beijing. The Communist Party’s anti-graft campaign has brought down another executive at China Central Television, the country’s state broadcaster, one who was responsible for a widely popular food show. Liu Wen, director of the CCTV-9 documentary channel, was taken away by prosecutors on July 30, sources with knowledge of the matter said. …

Sunnyside of the Doc Takeaways: #1 The ‘Non Anglo-Saxons’ Lead the Way

Sunnyside was recently under threat when Sheffield Doc / Fest rescheduled its prestigious event from the autumn to early June. Many buyers were obliged to choose between South Yorkshire or the French seaside. The ‘Anglo-Saxons’ mostly opted for Sheffield. The ‘Franco-phones’ stayed at a diminished SSD. La Rochelle is a historic city dominated by medieval siege …

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An invaluable and unique resource for producers who are seeking international partners and commissioners. Created for the Hot Docs Forum 2014. 94 Network Buyers. 163 Contacts. 47 distributors. 11 funds. 8 digital players. 15 Countries. 200+ pages The slots. The deciders. Their filters. Special June Offer: $119.60 – Save 20% Regular: $149.95 Order and Download …