DOX Forum/CPH:DOX 18

A learning lab. This is what Tine Mosegaard, the organiser, called the DOX-Forum in the catalogue intro for the 3 day industry event, an integrated part of the film festival. A programme consisting of pitching sessions and seminars like the one reported about below.

And it was actually a learning lab for me, who is involved in 4-5 pitching sessions per year, where broadcasters react to projects that are normally still in the development phase. Here it was a different set up. The projects were almost all of them at the end of shooting and those project holders who were best prepared, profited from the presence of skilled people from classical distribution agencies or new online and digital platforms. The possibilities for a variety of distribution outlets seem to be growing at the same pace as the decrease of financial investment from broadcasters into creative documentaries. For more information, go to some of the web sites below.

14 projects were pitched, and as an experienced pitch trainer, it hurt me to experience several of them stumbling blindly through their presentation. The result was naturally that the panelists spent all time asking to the project content and therefore did not get to the distribution advice for their soon-to-be-released film. With exceptions, of course, read about those at  text 19.

Picture from Documentary of the Month-film

”Welcome to the New World of Distribution” is an article by Peter Broderick that you can read on

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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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