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Docs Talk 2009


In the context of the festival’s parallel activities, a new pitching initiative is being launched entitled DocsTalk,Cyprus. The initiative is directed exclusively to professional directors and producers and it provides the perfect place for documentary filmmakers to meet potential production investors and production partners.

DocsTalk,Cyprus is a one day workshop and its main objective is to bring together documentary directors and producers with international commissioning editors and buyers. The selected projects will be discussed during the workshop in dedicated, scheduled one-to-one meetings with the buyers.

DocsTalk,Cyprus is to be held on Saturday 8th of August 2009 at Curium Palace Hotel in Lemesos, Cyprus from 9:00 to 17:00.

Last date of applications is the 15th of July 2009.


Terms and Conditions

Who is Eligible
DocsTalk,Cyprus is open to all documentary makers, from any country and the submitted projects can be at any stage of development. No prior credits are necessary and projects do not need to have a financial plan already in place.
The projects submitted are encouraged to have an international appeal and take an innovative / fresh approach to either the content, the execution of the idea or both.
More than one person can participate for each project (eg. Both director and Producer can attend during the meetings).

Number of Participants
A maximum of 12 projects will be selected. All applicants need to submit a one-page treatment together with their application form. Scheduling of meetings is at the discretion of the organizers.

Working Language
English will be the working language of the workshop.

Please send by email the one-page treatment ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or / and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and by fax the signed application form (+357 22 30 53 68 or / and +357 22 879217).

There is no entry fee to apply.
For the selected projects there will be a €100 participation fee, to be paid prior to the workshop.

Application Deadline
Last date of applications is 15th of July 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by July 20th 2009.

For further information regarding the above please contact the organizers at +357 22 30 53 67 / +357 99 40 78 56 or / and at the email addresses This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Professionals Attending

Line Sandsmark
Line Sandsmark is the Director of the European Documentary Network (EDN). She brings fifteen years of industry experience with her to EDN and comes from a position as producer of both documentary and fiction film. In addition to producing, Sandsmark has headed The West Norwegian Film Centre and was responsible for boosting this regional funding body and the surrounding production environment into a vibrant film milieu.
Sandsmark has a degree in Comparative Literature and Film History from the University of Washington, and post-graduate work in Critical Studies and Film Analysis at the University of Paris. Sandsmark entered the film sector working with acquisitions and programming for distribution, exhibition and festivals.
EDN is a member-based organisation for professionals working with documentary film and television. EDN supports, stimulates and creates networks within the documentary sector in Europe. It also provides documentary consulting and informs about possibilities for funding, financing, development, co-production, distribution and collaboration across borders. Now over 1000 members from more than 60 countries have joined EDN and benefit from its active role in the documentary industry.

Olaf Grunert
Following his studies at universities in Germany, Iceland, Denmark and Finland, Olaf Grunert began to work for German public broadcaster ZDF based in Mainz. Beginning as a freelancer in the entertainment department, he soon became a full-time Commissioning Editor in the Classical Music and Theatre departments. In 1990, he became Deputy Head of Zentralredaktion Kultur, the programming unit of ZDF’s culture and science department. When the German-French Culture Channel ARTE was created, he became Senior Commissioning Editor of all the documentaries ZDF produces for ARTE. In 1998, he headed the department exclusively dedicated to theme nights, THEMA. He has since been involved in an increasing number of international co-productions, mainly of European origin. Recently, several Spanish and Italian projects have been realized with the support of his department. In January 2005 he moved to ARTE Headquarters Strasbourg where he continued to work as head of Unité THEMA.

Leena Pasanen

Leena Pasanen, studied Finnish language and literature at Oulu University in Finland. She started her carrier as a journalist in 1988 at the Finnish News Agency.
In 1993 she joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company, where she worked as a reporter, political commentator, subeditor and TV-presenter. From 1999 to 2000 she was the head of documentaries for YLE TV1. When the digital cultural channel YLE Teema was launched, Leena Pasanen was chosen as Head of Programme. Since 2004 she was also the deputy director of the channel. From November 2005 to Aug 2008 she was the director of the European Docmentary Network (EDN).
Since 2000, Leena has built up a strong reputation as one of the most internationally orientated and engaged European commissioning editors, especially known for her support to new talent. As an expert and tutor Leena has been called upon from workshops organized by Discovery Campus, Television Business School, Eurodoc and EDN.
After her successful spell as the EDN Director, Leena has returned to YLE as an Executive Producer and Coordinator of Programmes.

Greg Sanderson
Greg is Editorial Executive of BBC 'Storyville', the BBC's flagship documentary strand. Involved in both commissioning and overseeing projects, he works closely with Nick Fraser and Jo Lapping. Recently Greg has been running the BBC's ‘Why Democracy?’ season, as well as acting as Executive Producer on ‘The English Surgeon’, ‘The Real Father Ted’, ‘The Ministry of Truth’ and other 'Storyville' titles. Prior to 'Storyville', Greg worked in a range of independent films before moving into in-house production.
Marijke Rawie
Marijke Rawie, Director of ExpertDocs, was from 1990 till 2006 working as Head of Art & Documentary at AVRO TV, 1st public broadcaster in the Netherlands. In 1991 she founded the documentary slot "AVRO Close Up" which became one of the leading
international co-producers and co-financiers for documentaries in Europe.
Marijke Rawie is now an independent documentary consultant. ExpertDocs specializes in International Documentary Training & Consultancy, and works for various international and national production companies and documentary initiatives
She is involved in several international documentary institutions like:
- EBU Documentary Expert Group
- Advisory Board Discovery Campus Masterschool
- Board Member of the 1st World Congress of Arts Producers
- Doc. expert & Pitching Training EDN
- Doc. Expert, pitching training and moderation East European Forum in Jihlava
- Doc. Expert for Dragon Forum, Krakow
- Doc. Expert and pitching training for Copro Tel Aviv
- Expert Coproduction Forum Amsterdam
- Expert Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle

She studied Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. After her studies she was an economic journalist for various national newspapers in the Netherlands. She started her tv-career in 1974. She worked as director and producer of documentaries at several Dutch broadcasters (NOS, VARA, NCRV), before she went to AVRO to head the Arts & Culture Department. Marijke Rawie is the coordinator of the European Fair Use Movement.