See you in Cannes! DAE’s highlights from Cannes Docs

Marché du Film has already kicked off and the first guests are already mingling on the Croisette! You can meet DAE onsite at the Cannes Docs stand between 20 – 24 May. We are so pleased with our fruitful and inspiring partnership together with the Cannes Docs team. Have you already checked out the list of decision makers onsite?

Can’t visit onsite this year? Don’t fret! We are super pleased to share that Cannes Docs Doc Talks will be live streamed on DAE’s facebook! Follow our activities online and stay connected, no FOMO!

We are wishing you all a productive and successful market. Scroll down for an interview with head of Cannes Docs, Pierre-Alexis Chevit and our personal programme highlights. Download the whole programme overview here and find all the details right here.

See you in Cannes: programme highlights from the source

The Cannes Docs Team is waiting to greet you on the stand; at a session or online!

We asked head of Cannes Docs, Pierre-Alexis Chevit, what his tips and programme highlights are this year!

Tell us what we can expect from Cannes Docs this year?
A really super exciting attendance in terms of feature creative documentary professionals, a bigger Cannes Docs venue than ever, multiple new networking opportunities – cause there’s nothing like networking really when it comes to markets… So that’s why we have Happy Hours now : ) Also, you can expect top festival partners, specialized exhibitors & many many doc decision makers to connect with. And of course, the wider worldwide film community with whom to build creative & productive bridges, beyond all genre classifications or labels. Plus, extraordinary weather! ^.^

What highlights are you looking forward the most?
PAC: Of course a great Doc Talks series curated by our dear friends from DAE ; ) Pointing out that one of these Doc Talks has been co-curated with Brown Girls Doc Mafia, and another with Documentary Africa. In different ways, a number of these Doc Talks are trying to reflect on how our industry can be a safer, more sustainable, inclusive, collaborative, transparent, accessible, creative marketplace for everyone, of all backgrounds, all profiles, all origins. We’ve also got great hands-on, practical workshops with seasoned industry experts such as Liselot Verbrugge (Deckert Distribution), Joanna Solecka (Alphapanda), Hanka Kastelicová (HBO Max), Margje de Koning (Movies That Matter)….

Where can we find the most exciting guests?
PAC: As always, our main, climactic event is Doc Day (on Tuesday May 24th). Including this year the team behind POLARIS (Doc Day Closing Screening, selected at ACID 2022); MOONAGE DAYDREAM’s Brett Morgen, in discussion with Mandy Chang; filmmaker and President of the Œil d’or Doc Award in Cannes jury Agnieszka Holland; Opal H. Bennett from POV giving a closing keynote inviting us to re-think the discussion around DEI…….. and more!


DAE has curated a series of panel discussions happening between 20-23 May at 17:00 – 18:00, on the Marina Stage (Riviera). These will also be livestreamed on the Marché du film and DAE platforms. And don’t forget to visit the Happy Hours at 18:00 after each session in L’Atelier, pick up your invitations at the doc stand each day.

May 20: Creating a Collaborative and Transparent Training to Market to Audience Value Chain
Having a strong, international, diverse and expert network is more important than ever to have a successful career as a documentary filmmaker. The connection between film markets, training programmes and the independent sector is one of the most important pathways to international co-financing and distribution. How do these players cooperate and coexist with each other? Let’s analyse these relationships, especially as the world opens back up to international travel, in-person networking and large events.
Michael Krotkiewski, Producer, co-owner Momento Film, Nora Philippe, Head of Programme Eurodoc, Nadja Tennstedt, Director of DOK Industry Programme, DOK Leipzig, Lina Soualem, Filmmaker

May 21: Can a Film Market Ever be a Safe Space? Networks and Grassroots Movements for Personal and Professional Sanity
While pandemic restrictions ease and the world opens up again, how can we translate the solidarity and collaborations developed and strengthened during the lockdown back into our professional events and spaces? While discussions around marginalized film professionals and anti-racist activities and conversations finally reached the largest cultural institutions and elite, how can we translate conversation into concrete action and create a documentary industry and ecosystem that is better-suited and healthier for those who’ve been excluded or marginalized in the past. Let’s look at best practices from some of the most inspiring professional networks and movements in our industry.
Anam Abbas Producer, Director / Co-Founder Other Memory Media / Documentary Association of Pakistan, Tamara Mariam Dawit, Vice President, Growth and Inclusion / Board Member Canada Media Fund / Racial Equity Media Collective and East African Screen Collective, Seemab Gul, Producer, Director
In collaboration with Brown Girls Doc Mafia

May 22:  From Reality to Fiction and Back Again: Building a Career in the Film Industry
We often look at documentary and fiction through a binary lens, but many young talented film professionals are doing it all. Is this by necessity or choice? How are filmmakers adapting and changing in a new world? Let’s hear two directors with films in the Cannes Film Festival this year, Ukrainian director Maksym Nakonechnyi, director of Butterfly Vision and Érige Sehiri, Tunesian director of Under the Fig Leaves, both adept and successful documentary professionals in their own way see the future of filmmaking and creativity while life remains unstable and unpredictable.
Panelists: Maksym Nakonechnyi & Erige Sehiri

May 23: Content Scramble for Africa
Rapid digitization and growth in online media consumption is also changing the documentary landscape in Africa. There is a renewed and sudden interest from global streaming players in this vast market, with many excellent films ready to be produced and shared with audiences. Co-creation and collaboration with the global north has been perceived in Africa to be skewed in the favour of one party, so how can filmmakers and producers protect their rights and also explore new kinds of models for co-creation and success? This panel is an invitation to interrogate the sustainability of our current forms of collaboration between the African continent and the global north in documentary filmmaking.
Salma Abdalla CEO Autlook Filmsales, Laurent Bitty Producer, Les films du continent, Angèle Diabang Director/Producer, Christilla Huillard-Kann, Producer and co-founder Elda Productions, Mohamed Saïd Ouma Executive Director Documentary Africa
Moderator: Sarah Dawson, IDFA
In collaboration with Documentary Africa

Grow your network and expertise via consultations

Sign up for 15 minutes long one-on-one consultations with one of our doc industry experts. Benefit from their precious feedback and invaluable experience to refine and beef up your current projects, talk festival & distribution strategy, expand your professional connections and sharpen your global knowledge of the international marketplace.

For doc filmmakers with a Marché du Film badge only. Advanced registration required the day before, onsite at the Cannes Docs venue only.
You can download the slots and decision maker list here – shorturl.at/cfpMU.

Session Highlights

Cannes Docs x Meet the Streamers | HBO Max EMEA’s Original Docs in a Nutshell – By Hanka Kastelicová, VP and Executive Producer, Documentaries, HBO Max
May 23 11:00, Cannes Docs Venue
VP and Executive Producer, Documentaries, HBO Max EMEA Hanka Kastelicová will guide the audience through the commissioning and producing philosophy for Max Original documentaries and docuseries, including case studies on recent successes. She will discuss how HBO Max works with producers, what she is looking for and give an insight into her recent work.

Finding an Audience for your Film: The Basics of Sales and Distribution Strategy for Documentary – By Liselot Verbrugge, Deckert Distribution
May 21 11:00, Cannes Docs Venue
Sales agent Liselot Verbrugge will provide insight into the world of documentary distribution and the basics of setting up a release strategy for your film. Find out more about the steps of getting your documentary out into the world, and the ins and outs of working with a sales agent.

Both sessions also require preregistration at the doc stand.

May 24 is Doc Day, check out these programme highlights
A celebration of all things documentary, you can check out the whole programme here, but we are particularly looking forward to:

Creative Encounters into the Unknown: Making Polaris
Polaris (ACID Cannes 2022) is a creative and human journey interwoven with uncompromising, gentle and bold filmmaking by a woman filmmaker, set against the backdrop of the Arctic.
Moderator: Marion Schmidt
Panelists: Ainara Vera and producers Clara Vuillermoz, Point du Jour – Les films du Balibari & Emile Hertling Péronard, Ánorâk Film

Closing keynote with Opal H. Bennet
Join for an invitation to re-imagine the discussion around DEI. How can arts institutions go beyond equity, and turn their focus towards what various artist communities need to thrive?
By Opal H. Bennett, Co-Producer & Shorts Producer, American Documentary/POV

This is just a small selection of everything on offer during Marché du Film this year. Check the full schedule here.

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