BARCELONA — The 10th edition of Euro docupic financing forum DocsBarcelona is launching a fest-style documentary showcase.
Initiative has four sections: Panorama, containing productions chosen by the Danish Film Board’s former exec Tue Steen Muller; Le Dernier repas, which will be a selection of more radical docupics chosen by vet ZDF exec Eckart Stein; History, a sidebar proposing new ways to talk about history, curated by Montse Armengou; and the youth targeted 12-16.
Running Feb. 1-4, event will take place in Barcelona and Terrassa, a nearby town.
At the docu feature mini-mart, 24 doc projects currently in development will be pitched before 12 commis-sioning editors from Euro broadcasters.
Webs that have signed on to date include Euro pubcasters from the U.K. (BBC), Spain (TVE), Catalonia (TV3), Austria (ORF), Finland (YLE) and Sweden (SVT), and Belgium’s commercial web Lichtpunt.
DocsBarcelona will also host a pitching training, one-to-one co-production tutorship and a masterclass from vet documaker Victor Kossakovsky.
“In Europe, pubcasters remain essential to boost docupic financing. TV stations have also been crucial in launching docu industries in new countries,” Docs director Joan Gon-zalez told Daily Variety.
Some 42% of the 24 projects presented last year closed co-productions deals or pre-sales at Docs, said its organizers.
An initiative of Denmark’s European Documentary Network and Barcelona-based production shingle Parallel 40, DocsBarcelona is backed by the EU’s Media Program, Terrassa Ciutat Audiovisual, the ICIC Catalan Cultural Industries Institute and the ICUB Barcelona Culture Institute.