MEDIA films at CPH:DOX 2019

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen's International Documentary Festival, returns to the Danish capital between 20 and 31 March to present an exciting programme of politically-conscious, environmentally-themed and culturally-relevant films. This year's festival is also geared towards the theme of Europe, curated to explore democratic ideals, migration and of course, Brexit. The competition line-up consists of 66 titles, with 43 world premieres, 18 international premieres and five European premieres. Two films competing for the DOX:AWARD include:

  • The Edge of Democracy (Petra Costa, Brazil)
  • The Disappearace of My Mother (Beniamino Barrese, Italy)

Both films are alumni of the Creative Europe-funded training programme dok.incubator, a six-month long workshop focused on editing and project development. 

There also several MEDIA-funded films screening across the programme, including two UK co-productions:

  • Freedom Fields (Naziha Arebi, Libya, UK, Netherlands, US, Qatar, Lebanon, Canada)
  • Meeting Gorbachev (Werner Herzog & André Singer, Germany, UK, US)

As well as:

  • A Cherry Tale (Eva Mulvad, Denmark)
  • Bauhaus Spirit (Thomas Tielsch, Niels Bolbrinker, Germany)
  • Divine Love (Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, Uruguay, Denmark, Norway, Chile)
  • Ferrante Fever (Giacomo Durzi, Italy)
  • Humanity on Trial (Jonas Bruun, Denmark)
  • Hungary 2018 (Eszter Hajdú, Hungary)
  • Hunting for Hedonia (Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Denmark)
  • Los Reyes (Bettina Perut & Iván Osnovikoff, Chile, Germany)
  • The Day I Lost My Shadow (Soudade Kaadan, Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar)
  • The Load (Ognjen Glavonic, Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar)
  • The Magic Life of V (Tonislav Hristov, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria)
  • The Man Who Played with Fire (Henrik Georgsson, Sweden)
  • War of Art (Tommy Gulliksen, Norway)
  • X&Y (Anna Odell, Sweden)

The festival also receives Creative Europe funding via the Access to Markets scheme for its industry activities. These include:

  • CPH:FORUM; a marketplace for key European and international financiers, industry professionals and producers intent on discovering the latest independent and innovative works in development from documentary filmmakers, fiction filmmakers and visual artists
  • CPH:FORUM/SCIENCE; a brand new international industry platform, seeking to spark new collaboration between filmmakers and scientists and serve as an incubator for creative documentary film and new media projects that can engage a broader audience in science and its impact on society.
  • CPH:CONFERENCE; a unique 5-day event discussing the key trends, challenges and questions in the documentary landscape. Among those speaking this year are London-based documentarian Asif Kapadia, and representatives from UK-based MEDIA-supported companies Modern Films and MUBI.

And CPH:LAB, CPH:DOX’s talent development programme that encourages creative risk taking, celebrates raw talent, facilitates collaboration across borders and business sectors and supports visionaries to push the existing boundaries of documentary filmmaking, is funded by Creative Europe's Training scheme. This year two projects from the UK have been selected to partipcate in the intensive seven-day development workshop and three-day strategy bootcamp and market access workshop. They are:

  • Climate Symphony; a live music and visual performance that creates an emotional journey through the most beautiful tragedy of human existence. 
  • Druzhba; a project focusing on the Druzhba pipeline system, also referred to as the ‘Friendship Pipeline’ – the world’s longest oil pipeline, stretching 4,000 km across Russia.

Creative Europe Desk UK Promotions Coordinator Nicole Davis will be at the festival between 25 – 29 March to attend CPH:CONFERENCE.

Image: Freedom Fields, a co-production between Libya, UK, Netherlands, USA, Lebanon, Qatar and Canada, received support through IDFA Bertha Fund Europe, one of the five international co-production funds supported by Creative Europe.