Hybrid Films?

What is the future of hybrid films?… is one of many interesting debates that are to take place during the upcoming cph:dox in Copenhagen, November 1-11. It is the tenth edition of the festival with five international competition programmes, more than 200 films, 16 concerts, seminars, a forum, debates, events, ”and a birthday party, of course” – all can be checked on the website of the festival.

Back to hybrid films, this is the text that introduces the interesting seminar:

Over the past five years, the borderland between fiction and non-fiction has experienced a true creative boom. The field includes many different films, for example‘The Ambassador’, ‘R’, ‘The Arbour’, ‘Quattro Volte’, ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ (photo) and not least films made by the godfather of the whole movement, the Austrian Ulrich Seidl. The number of documentaries that can be found in this hybrid field is growing, and so is their artistic success. Hybrid films have the potential to deliver complex stories with a strong basis in reality, but with a fundamentally cinematic interpretation of it. But it is also a difficult field – financially speaking. For how do you support a film you don’t know for sure if it is a documentary or a feature. Are the traditional genre definitions experiencing a paradigm shift, and what does this mean for how films are developed and supported? We have invited a number of film experts, whose professions all involve working with and supporting the new hybrid film forms. Meet, among others, Channel 4’s Tabitha Jackson, the woman behind some of the most successful hybrid films, such as The Arbor. Lucas Smith from ZDF, who supports both fiction, non-fiction and new hybrid formats, Thomas Robsahm from the Norwegian Film Institute and Martin Schweighofer, the director of the Austrian Film Commission, which has a particularly strong tradition of supporting the new hybrid wave.

Date November 7.


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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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