SMART CONTENT MATTERS: Celebrate at Congress ’22 in Glasgow, November 28 – December 1

After three long years, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is thrilled to come together to celebrate their 30th anniversary event. Congress ’22 will take place in Glasgow from November 28 to December 1, and is made possible with the generous support of host sponsor BBC Studios Productions and signature partners Screen Scotland …

Love Nature Unveils “Evolution Earth” at Sunny Side Of The Doc

The success of our recent coproduction partnership attracted me to cover Love Nature‘s Evolution Earth, a new original production that was announced today at Sunnyside of the Doc. The five-part series is produced by PASSION PLANET, in co-production with Love Nature, PBS and ARTE. This impressive group of partners has joined forces to create a …

Cannes Film Festival: Documentary Takeaways with Veteran Sales Agent Jan Rofekamp. Podcast

JAN ROFEKAMP is the highly-respected, veteran documentary distributor and consultant who has led sales agent FILMS TRANSIT INTERNATIONAL since 1982, overseeing more than 500 documentaries. Jan attended the post-Covid 2022 edition of the giant CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. He shares his Takeaways on what happened at Cannes, and what it reveals about the state of the …

MIPDoc: Gédéon’s “Sagrada Familia: Gaudi’s Challenge” Case Study. Coming Soon

At the MIPDoc Coproduction Summit, Gédéon Programmes‘ Stéphane Millière revealed the development, the deal, and the ground-breaking CGI solutions employed to deliver Sagrada Familia: Gaudi’s Challenge. I will share and expand on Stéphane’s video presentation later this month. Intro: In my introduction to his presentation, I wrote: “Stéphane’s work is important for its creative merit and for …

MIPDoc Coverage: Streamers, post-pandemic demand & star names boost factual market

MIPTV and MIPDoc are making an exciting live return after a two-year Covid break. Its such a welcome, inspiring experience to spend time with friends and colleagues, kickstarting new projects and learning from recent ones. Covid accelerated the radical structural change wrought by the shift to streaming since we last “mipped” in Cannes in 2019. …

The Sundance Documentary Economy: $848 Million Spent by Producers Who Miss Out

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. But what are the odds that a U.S. or international documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? Is $848 million really the total spent on all those submissions that missed out? Read on for my …