Renowned industrial programs of the Verzió Film Festival

During the 18e Verzió Film Festival, several industry programs will be available for documentary filmmakers and non-professionals, in person and online. Roundtables and master classes, presented by national and international experts, will take place from November 10 to 14 and will provide an overview of the revival of the film industry in a world shaken and transformed by the pandemic, the type of projects supported by the Sundance Institute, and the steps to follow to make your first feature documentary.

DocPro panel discussions

Blinken OSA and Kino cinema will host the DocPro round tables this year, from November 12 to 14. The discussion topics highlight how the film industry, seriously shaken by the pandemic, can recover and how to reach audiences in the region and beyond. In a discussion co-hosted with Film New Europe, producers Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Aneta Zagórska and Sára László discuss how to restart after the pandemic and the lessons learned so far. Beyond new strategies, new themes emerged during the pandemic. How can these themes be turned into documentary films that touch and touch an international audience? This is what filmmakers, distributors and festival organizers Shoshi Korman (IL), Elena Subirá (ES), Tone Grøttjord-Glenne (NO) and Andréas Rocksen (SE) will be talking about. Asia Dér and Máté Fuchs will analyze the film of the documentary working group Freeszfe to discuss the methods and practical difficulties of participatory documentary. The roundtable exploring co-production possibilities between Europe and the United States, as well as strategic international co-production partnerships that can help you expand your financing, sales and distribution possibilities, will be available online, at the Verzió website.

DocPro Masterclass

As in previous years, the DocPro masterclasses are there to help professionals to deepen specific subjects. the guest of Verzió, Uwe-Lothar Müller, deputy editor-in-chief of ARTE Reportage, will present the characteristics of ARTE Reportage. Kata Olah, producer and director, will explain to you the key steps necessary to make your first feature documentary, and the national / international regulations to respect or ignore. Nebojša Slijepčević, Croatian director, will talk about the label of documentary cinema; what is the border between healthy curiosity and voyeuristic intrusion? Can documentaries harm their protagonists? Hajnal Molnár-Szakács is director of the Film Fund at the Sundance Institute, where she finds, cultivates and finances daring,

film and documentary storytellers from all over the world. Its masterclass, conducted online, will focus on what the Sundance Institute is looking for in the projects it supports and how a project can be internationally relevant.

Verzió DocLab 2021

DocLab workshops for directors and producers return to the festival program again and focus on dissemination strategies. Applications are accepted with or without a specific project. World-renowned festival organizers, distributors, producers and marketers will participate in this three-day event. This year’s mentors are Christine Camdessus (Fipadoc, FR), Leena Pasanen (Festival Biografilm, IT) and Stefano Tealdi (Stefilm, IT), while guest experts include Oksana Sarkisova (Verzió Film Festival), Elena Subira Rocá (Docs Barcelona), Ivana Formanová (KineDok), Shoshi Korman (Cinephil), Nevena MilaÅ¡inović (Lightdox) and Gábor Böszörményi (Mozinet).

The DocPro masterclasses, which take place in the CEU building (Nádor utca 15.), require simple registration, and are free and open to the public. The DocLab workshops are closed to the public, but the closing public forum, presenting six projects, is open to all interested and will be held at Blinken OSA (Arany János u. 32.). Seating is limited, but those who cannot attend the event in person can stream it online.

All industry programs are free and accessible through registration at website.

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