DOCUMENTARY CONVENTION 2020 POSTPONED!

DOX BOX is in the process of launching new programs of which the Documentary Convention will remain an integral part. This is an exciting prospect and interesting time for us.
In this context we have decided to postpone this year’s Documentary Convention to a later date after the summer.
Check back on our websites and social media channels in the coming weeks and months for any further information & updates.

25 Applicants Selected To Receive Travel Bursary

We are very happy to announce that 25 applicants were selected to receive the Travel Bursary to support their participation in the Documentary Convention in Leipzig 15-17 April 2019.

This year we received 65 applications from 36 countries.

The independent selection committee selected participants to receive support through the two different lines – Travel Bursary Arab World & Travel Bursary World.

We are looking forward to welcoming all Travel Bursary recipients in Leipzig in April!

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Rough Cut Screening 2019 Selection Announced

In 2019 we have three slots scheduled for feedback sessions that run parallel to the rest of the DC program. Each session is attended by three or more experts and a facilitator to advise on different aspects of the film project such as: dramaturgic and creative aspects, legal or production aspects, technical areas and marketing and distribution.

2019 projects were selected  in partnership with Sudan Film Factory and Zawya Distributions

  • “The Day I Ate The Fish” by Aida El-Kashef
  • “The Art Of Sin”  by Ibrahim Mursal
  • “My Mohammed Is Different” by Ines Marzouk

All three directors and two producers will attend the DC’19 from 15-17 April, and screen their film each in a tailor-made closed session to a group of international expert consultants.

Read more about the projects here.

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. The international convention will once again take place in Leipzig, this time at the Conference Center Salles De Pologne in the city center. Next to the main partners, DOK Leipzig and IDFA Bertha Fund have both renewed their collaboration, next to them new partners and exciting collaborations will be announced soon.

Registration for participation will be opened soon with the first themes and participants being announced in early 2019. Like last year the DC will run several support schemes for documentary professionals including a Travel Bursary and Feedback Screenings for documentary projects in a rough-cut stage.

Watch this space for more information and announcements!

110 Professionals from 30 countries at first DC in Leipzig

From 12-14 April around 110 professionals followed the call by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and DOX BOX and came to Leipzig for the first edition of the arab.european Documentary Convention. Participants came from over 30 countries of the Arab region, Europe and North America to discuss the status quo of the international documentary sector in versified scenarios in four expert-led modules ranging from closed expert groups to case studies and panel discussions and debates. The main themes of this firs edition were “Share/Save – Heritage of Arab Documentary”, “Ethics of Co-Production”, “Diversity in Documentary” and “Distribution in Challenging Times”. The outcome of the expert group’s work will soon be made available and will inform the planning for the next edition.

The intense three day program in Leipzig was complemented by Rough Cut Screening Session of three films by Algerian female filmmakers  and two public screenings, “House in the Fields” by Tala Hadid on the first night, and oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo” on the second day in the presence of director Feras Fayyad.

On behalf of AFAC and DOX BOX we want to thank all of our partners, guests and participants who contributed to the success of this first edition.

Rough Cut Screening Selection Announced

In 2018 we have three slots scheduled for feedback sessions that run parallel to the rest of the aDC program. Each session is attended by three or more experts and a facilitator to advise on different aspects of the film project such as: dramaturgic and creative aspects, legal or production aspects, technical areas and marketing and distribution.

2018 projects were selected  in partnership with Béjaia Film Laboratoire and by the two main partners AFAC and DOX BOX board member and manager of Fidadoc, Hicham Falah; in consultation with IDFA Bertha Fund.

ALGERIA, OUT OF PLACE by director Myriam Dorothée Kellou

DERUISHA by directors Leïla Beratto and Camille Millerand

THEIR ALGERIA by director Lina Soualem

All three directors will attend the aDC’18 from 12-14 April, and screen their film each in a tailor-made closed session to a group of international expert consultants.

Read more about the projects here.

aDC featured in Screen Daily (Berlinale)

aDC and the collaboration between AFAC and DOX BOX as well as the international Associates for the first edition of the convention were announced in yesterday’s issue (20 February 2018)  of Screen Daily.

Read the full announcement here.

Become a volunteer at aDC’18

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We are calling for volunteers to help us make the first aDC a success.

Before and during the aDC we are depending on the support from volunteers for various tasks and roles to make aDC’18 happen and successful. The areas of support needed range from hospitality and guest coordination, to on-location support, video documentation, note taking and report writing.

If you are interested in documentary and have some previous experience in the mentioned fields, are reliable and have a good command of English then we would like to hear from you. If you are interested in a longer engagement to gain work experience do approach us for a internship of up to four weeks.

In exchange our volunteers get an all-in registration including  evening and public events, a nominal fee and support with finding accommodation if they are not from Leipzig . Find out more about volunteer opportunities with aDC and how to apply here.

 

Travel Bursary Scheme Announced

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The arab.european Documentary Convention (aDC) will be awarding a limited amount of travel bursaries to eligible persons from the Arab region, who wish to participate in the convention following a competitive selection process.

“We know from experience that affording travel and accommodation is among the major obstacles  that bar professionals from the Arab region from the opportunity to attend conventions and festivals such as the aDC in Europe. This is why with the establishment of this scheme we want to ease the pressure and offer some form of support. In 2018 the support will be limited but we hope we can continue growing the scheme for future editions.” Marion Schmidt, aDC Manager

The aDC bursary scheme is specifically designed to supplement travel for independent documentary professionals from the Arab region that do not reside in the city where the aDC takes place. It is directed at persons who with their contribution can enrich the aDC, as well as benefit from attending the convention for their future career development.

The call for applications opens on Thursday, March 8th.

Full details about the bursary scheme, selection process and how to apply are available here.

Location of aDC’18 announced

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We are happy to announce that the first-ever arab.european Documentary Convention will take place in the beautiful city of Leipzig  at the Mediencampus Villa Ida. Leipzig has a long tradition of hosting documentary-related events and is the home to the oldest and one of the largest documentary film festival in the world, Dok Leipzig, a partner of aDC’18.

Leipzig is Germany’s tenth most populous city and is located around 160 kilometres southwest of Berlin and has since reunification become one of the most livable cities in Germany. Leipzig has a rich and diverse cultural life and a history of political action and resistance. Most prominently known for the non-violent Monday-Demonstrations against the regime of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) that contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall that marked the end of the GDR regime.

You will find all information you need to plan your stay in the MORE ADC section on the website.