CPH:DOX 2017 /Industry

”Industry”, that is what CPH:DOX, and all the other big festivals call – quoted from the site – ”the various activities offer professional development, networking, and business opportunities to filmmakers and industry professionals at all levels of experience”.

So when the audience happily goes to watch films, the producers and directors and people like me, who is curious to know what is happening at the market, or which themes the filmmakers pick or what the funders are looking for or what kind of training is offered… we miss some films but are spoilt in other ways. CPH:DOX 2017, indeed, has done a lot to give us choices and it has to be said that most of these professional activities take place during day time, where screenings of course fill the evenings.

CPH:Conference is a series of day-long thematic sessions that the festival has set up in collaboration with the training programme Discovery Campus with the support of the daily Danish newspaper Information. ”Science and Film”, ”Art, Technology & Change” and ”Serialized” are some of the points, the latter including a visit by the Oscar winner Ezra Edelmann to talk on his film on O.J.

The CPH:Forum is more than similar events at other big festivals focused on bringing in ”auteurs”, so you will find names like Hubert Sauper, Kirsten Johnson, Roberto Minervini, Sally Potter, Sophie Fiennes AND our local hero, amazing Jørgen Leth on the list of people to pitch. To whom? Quote from the site: ”This year we welcome, amongst many others, highly esteemed broadcasters such as ARTE, ZDF, NDR, BBC, DR, film funds from all over Europe, as well as Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Fondation Cartier, Tate Modern and Sundance Institute.”

And there is a CPH:Lab and a CPH: Academy for young filmmakers and their projects to be developed, and a market for people like me, who want to see films in the videotheque.

You name it – It’s all there!


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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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