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About DC

The Documentary Convention is initiated by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and DOX BOX e.V.. It aims at creating a platform for dialogue, collaboration and resistance, designed to inspire creativity, foster connectivity and ignite change. Associate partners for the 2018 edition are DOK Leipzig, IDFA Bertha Fund and Sundance Institute.
[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Documentary Convention” color=”custom” border_width=”3″ accent_color=”#dd3333″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text] Co-created by DOX BOX and AFAC, the Documentary Convention  is an annual convening of documentary professionals, artists & decision-makers from the Arab region, Africa, Europe and from around the globe. In its third year we are moving the Doc Convention from Leipzig to Berlin, taking the best of […] Read More →
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Questions to Ask Yourself on the Way towards Better Co-Production Practice


At the two Doc Conventions and one think-tank at IDFA the reality of co-production practices was discussed by a diverse group. In the process a list of questions was formulated and refined to instigate a conversation. We invite all involved in co-production, including funders, to participate in this conversation and spread the word.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”Fair Co-Production” color=”custom” border_width=”3″ accent_color=”#dd3333″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Entering into a co-production is an important decision that opens doors to funding and new partnerships. However, many producers have also experienced, that some of these doors lead to lack of control, issues with cultural differences and unexpected disagreements about contracts – all at the expense of creativity and the […] Read More →
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Sign the Manifesto Now!


The Manifesto “Liberate The Image” is one outcome of 2 years of meetings within the framework of the Documentary Convention.
We invite the film community to join our effort and to circulate and undersign this manifesto.
The Manifesto “Liberate The Image” is one outcome of 2 years of meetings within the framework of the Documentary Convention. A group of filmmakers, academics and audiovisual practitioners met and discussed the urgencies facing the access to visual memories and how to establish best practices for the preservation of the audiovisual heritage within the Arab […] Read More →
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    Documentary Convention postponed to a later date in 2020 after the summer. Read More →
  • 25 Applicants Selected To Receive Travel Bursary

    We are looking forward to welcoming all Travel Bursary recipients in Leipzig in April! Read More →
  • Rough Cut Screening 2019 Selection Announced

    Three projects from Egypt and Sudan have been selected in partnership with Sudan Film Factory and Zawya Distribution to attend the DC for rough cut consultation and expert feedback. Read More →
  • Date for 2nd edition of DC announced

    Following its successful inception in 2018, the date for the second edition of the Documentary Convention has been announced by the main partners DOX BOX and AFAC: 15-17 April 2019. Read More →
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Watch some of the panels, debates & presentations of the Doc Convention 2019

Videos from the Doc Convention 2019

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