The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to documentaries in their diverse forms. This is reflected in the programmes of the Berlinale’s different sections and initiatives, as well as in the European Film Market (EFM) and Berlinale Talents.
In 2016, a total of 77 documentaries will be screening in a variety of forms. In addition, discussion of a wide range of different aspects related to documentaries will be intensified – at workshops, panels and presentations.
Here is a list of the films and events in 2016:
European Film Market (EFM) - “Meet the Docs”
The EFM documentary networking platform “Meet the Docs” will take place for the eighth time in 2016. The initiative, in collaboration with the European Documentary Network (EDN), promotes exchange among the international documentary industry, who can meet and mingle at the “Meet the Docs” stand in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Accredited Festival and Market visitors can participate in the enhanced panel series programme and one-on-one meeting format “Meet the Festivals” with programmers of international documentary film festivals and benefit from a documentary film project consulting by EDN.
Films in the “Docs Spotlight” series
Under the roof of “Meet the Docs”, the “Docs Spotlights” series by CPH:DOX, IDFA and DOK Leipzig present a selection of the previous documentary festival programmes.
A Good American
Friedrich Moser | Slingshot Films
Fredrik Gertten, Magnus Gertten | Autlook Filmsales
Avi Mograbi | Doc & Film International
Cinema, mon amour
Alexandru Belc | Romanian Film Center
David Bernet | Doc & Film International
Alexander Sokurov | Films Boutique
Nikolaus Geyrhalter | NGF Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Kinovista
Anne Wivel | Wide House
Anders Helgeson, Karin af Klintberg | First Hand Films
Johan Grimonprez | Wide House
George Gittoes | Cinephil
Song of Lahore
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken | Autlook Filmsales
The Swedish Theory of Love
Erik Gandini | First Hand Films
Thru You Princess
Ido Haar | Go2Films
“Meet the Docs” Panel Programme
Meet the Docs: Distributors
February 13 - 16, 2.00 – 3.00 pm, EFM Producers Hub
International leading documentary distributors will briefly introduce themselves, their company profiles and what kind of documentaries they are looking for.
Meet the Docs: Festivals
February 12 - 16, 11.00 am – 12.00 pm at the Meet the Docs stand (MGB 2nd floor)
This session series introduces documentary film festivals, which will share their insights and insides and answer questions in one-on-one meetings.
Meet the Docs: Talks
February 13 - 16, 5.30 – 6.00 pm at the “Meet the Docs”/ American Independents in Berlin stands (MGB 2nd floor): a joint panel series focussing on current documentary topics being discussed from a European as well as US perspective. In collaboration with IFP & the Sundance Institute.
Documentary Training & Markets
Meet the Docs: Conversations
Conversations focusing on current doc industry topics, co-hosted by our doc festival partners: CPH:DOX, DOK Leipzig, IDFA, Vision du reel and Hot Docs.
New this year: IMCINE – Instituto Méxicano Cinematografía is an official host at Meet the Docs – presenting a panel as well as the EFM Doc Industry Lunch
Friday, February 12, 4-5pm at the EFM Producers Hub
Campaigns around documentaries – Busting the Myths!
In collaboration with DOK Leipzig
More and more producers and distributors experiment with outreach campaigns that engage audiences in new ways, build non-profit partnerships, or aim to make the world a better place. Interrogated by DOK Leipzig’s Brigid O’Shea, Ben Kempas (Filmmaker, Campaigner) will be on a mission to counter 12 of the most common misconceptions around outreach work.
February 13, 4-5pm at the EFM Producers Hub
Truth and dare: The art and politics of contemporary documentary practice
In collaboration with CPH:DOX
In an era where social impact is on the agenda of documentary filmmaking, where does this leave the artistic thinking? Meet festival director Tine Fischer (CPH:DOX) and London-based curator and producer Jacqui Davies along with two prominent artists and filmmakers for a discussion of the relation between art, political thinking and documentary film.
Sunday, February 14, 4-5pm at the EFM Producers Hub
Different Roads and Radical Approaches: Three Exciting Dutch Filmmakers
In collaboration with IDFA
Three up-and-coming Dutch directors talk about their cinematic approaches, which were rewarded with IDFA Awards in 2015, and the roads they've taken to reach the Berlinale. Featuring Niki Padidar (Ninnoc – selected for Generation Kplus), Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan (Strike a Pose – selected for Panorama Dokumente).
Monday, February 15, 4-5pm at the EFM Producers Hub:
Hybrid Cinema: California City, a Contemporary Case Study
In collaboration with Vision du réel
Conversation between Bastian Günther, German filmmaker and Sonia Otto, producer at Indi Film, Germany, moderated by Luciano Barisone, Director of Visions du réel.
Tue, Feb 16, 4-5pm at the EFM Producers Hub:
Documentary Storytelling in Mexico: a Transnational_Transnarrative Approach
Hosted by IMCINE – Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía
The stories and practices documentary filmmakers do that engages them with Mexico, the U.S. and Central America. Panelists representing Mexico/ Central America: Tatiana Huezo (director; Tempestad selected for Forum), Adriana Trujillo (Doc Station at Berlinale Talents 2016), Kyzza Terrazas (filmmaker, writer) as well as Charlotte Uzu (Les Films d’Ici).
Doc Station 2016
Ten documentarists from five continents receive a week of assistance in developing their next project. In cooperation with German Federal Film Board (FFA), Sources 2 and ZDF/ARTE.
Doc Station Directors in 2015: 10 projects, 5 continents
Mila Turajlic, The Labudovic Files, Serbia / Algeria
Jennifer Rainsford, Stories From The Debris, Sweden
Madsen Minax, At The River, USA
Adam Bizanski, The Badir Brothers, Israel
Adriana Trujillo, 1821: The Era Of Good Feelings, Mexico / France
Marko Sipka, The Land, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mich’ael Zupraner, Abu Naim, Israel
Afsaneh Salari, The Silhouettes, Iran
Nele Wohlatz, The Perfect Future, Argentina
Gabrielle Brady, No Man Is an Island, Australia / Germany
The Doc Station project presentation will take place on Wednesday February 17, 2016 from 10.30 am - 12.00 noon at the Gropius Mirror Restaurant across the European Film Market.
Doc Station Mentors in 2016:
Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/ARTE, Germany
Don Edkins, AfriDocs, South Africa
Jakob Kirstein Høgel, Meta Film, Denmark
Merle Kröger, pong, Germany
Meike Martens, Blinker Filmproduktion, Germany
Ulla Simonen, Made Film (Finland) und Sources 2 (Germany)
Events with a focus on documentary film:
To the Dark Side: Investigative Documentary
Thursday, February 18, 5-6pm at HAU1
With Alex Gibney
No Time to Remember: Film on the Move
Sunday, February 14, 11.30 am-1.30 pm at HAU3
Connected Stories II: Immersing, Integrating, Involving
Sunday, February 14 following Connected Stories I: Prototyping, Participation and Personalisation (2.30-6.00 pm) at HAU3
In cooperation with Medienboard and Creative Skillset
An additional screening of Panorama-film Uncle Howard will be held at Berlinale Talents.
The complete list of the films in the programme sections of the festival can be found in the PDF.
February 2, 2016