34 projects have been selected for the 2020 edition of CPH:DOX’s financing and co-production event, including new projects from Oscar nominated Laura Nix and Talal Derki, Berlinale winner Adina Pintilie, Sundance winners Jialing Zhang and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and Venice winning team Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski.

A record-breaking number of more than 470 projects were submitted for the 2020 edition of CPH:DOX’s financing and co-production event, CPH:FORUM, taking place 24-26 March.
Supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, the event facilitates the development and financing of creative and visually strong documentary films and has grown to become a major platform for the international documentary community. In 2020, CPH:FORUM moves to a bigger venue, when welcoming an increasing number of film professionals from all over the world. 

CPH:FORUM will present the selected projects in five categories: FICTIONONFICTION, CINEMA, F:ACT, ART and since 2019 SCIENCE ensuring the widest range of voices, topics, cultures and styles of filmmaking as possible.  

Among this year’s selection are projects from established, award winning directors and production companies as well as emerging talents tackling some of the pressing issues of today’s society and global politics. The 34 selected projects are representing 17 different countries and a 50/50 gender representation which is core to CPH:DOX’s overall policy. 

The projects will be presented to highly acknowledged decision makers representing a.o. streaming platforms Disney+, Netflix and MUBI, broadcasters such as ARTE, ZDF, BBC, CNN, Nat Geo, POV and DR, movie studios Participant Media, Topic, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Sandbox Films, and philanthropic foundations such as Freedom of Speech Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.

Katrine Kiilgaard, Head of Industry and Deputy Director to CPH:DOX, says:

“CPH:FORUM is a curated market that reflects an overall vision. We take pride in supporting the continued existence of a variety of voices and aesthetic expressions as is presented at our festival, even as that becomes increasingly difficult in a European market with less public funding available and less courage to take risks. With our new ventures such as our Science strand, we aim to expand the boundaries and possibilities for documentary film and filmmakers and grow the role of art as an active voice in civil society.”

Tereza Simikova, Head of CPH:FORUM:

“I am very happy to note the growing interest in the CPH:FORUM, that translates into a steadily growing number of submissions, decision makers coming from all corners of the world to actively join the forum as well as national delegations from both sides of the Atlantic. Over the past five years, our platform has doubled its attendance resulting in almost 2.000 industry delegates last year. It’s a big responsibility and a huge pleasure to meet the expectations of so many people who are fighting for the documentary genre in all its forms and believe CPH:DOX is the place to be”.

As the only documentary event in the world and for the seventh year running, CPH:DOX is proud to present the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of € 15,000 for the event’s best project intended for co-production.

6 Nordic work-in-progress projects

As part of CPH:FORUM, 6 work-in-progress projects from high-profile Nordic producers and directors have also been selected and will be presenting at the CPH:WIP event on Tuesday 24 March.

Upcoming, nearly finished films from established Nordic talents as well as rising stars of the region, such as Camilla Nielsson or Joonas Berghäll will be looking for gap financing or a launch pad for further distribution. The titles are curated in collaboration with the Nordic film institutes and reflect the festival’s commitment to strong documentaries from the Nordic region.

See the full list of all the projects selected for CPH:FORUM and CPH:WIP.