Documentary Convention 2018
From 12-14 April 2018 around 110 doc professionals from 30 countries followed the call by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and DOX BOX and came to Leipzig for the first edition of the Documentary Convention 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 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 and oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo” on the second day in the presence of director Feras Fayyad.
Here you can review all about the first edition of the Documentary Convention:
The program of the DC ‘18 was structured around five thematic modules. The modules ran in parallel with room to overlap and intersect. Each module was led by an international expert group that worked throughout the three convention days and presented the outcome of their work in short presentations on the last day of the DC’18. More information about members of these expert groups as well as the final presentations can be reviewed here.
Module 1: Share & Save: The Heritage of Arab Documentary
Module 3: Diversity in Documentary
Module 5: Mapping Arab Documentary Landscape
Module 2: Ethics of Co-Production
Module 4: Distribution in Challenging Times
With interest in the documentary film industry becoming more commercialised, and conflict between mainstream media, new media and state regimented control growing, the discussion around the right distribution methods, and effective support schemes, is complicated, rapidly evolving and much debated. This module looks at the wider landscape of distribution for independent documentary films, and explores failures and successes within the field, whilst arguing for more cohesive global action.