DocTalk is a full day industry event presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), featuring a curated program of master classes and panels from a range of leading international and Australian industry figures. Filmmakers, producers, commissioning editors, funders and other key stakeholders provide unique perspectives and insider knowledge on what’s happening right now across the industry.
MEET THE FUNDER
10:15am - 11:15am
Gini Reticker | Fork Films | USA
Are you working on a film with a strong focus on social justice? Founded by Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker, Fork Films creates and supports feature-length documentaries that make an important social contribution, with an emphasis on projects that bring women’s voices to the front. Since its inception, Fork Films has supported over 90 documentaries, including award-winning films Cameraperson, Strong Island, The Square and The Invisible War. Come armed with questions and film ideas, as Reticker provides a roadmap on how funding for social justice films works in the US, and how you can take advantage of Fork Films’ offerings.
MEET THE PROGRAMMER
11:30am - 12:30pm
Mads Mikkelsen | CPH:DOX | Denmark
Mads Mikkelsen is a senior programmer at CPH:DOX, one of the largest and most important documentary film festivals in the world. With its unique cross-disciplinary focus that brings together film, visual art and music, as well as pitching forums and labs, CPH: DOX is challenging perceptions of what a film festival and a market can be. Mikkelsen offers insights into the programming process and discusses his dream for CPH:DOX, and documentary festivals in general: that they become social laboratories for intellectual tolerance, curiosity, artistic boldness and imagination.
SOCIAL ISSUES & THE ART OF CINEMA
1:30pm - 2:45pm
Alex Kelly, Stefano Savona | Australia, Italy
Stefano Savona is an award-winning Italian director. His latest film Samouni Road tells the story of the 2009 massacre by Israeli forces in Gaza of an extended Palestinian family (playing at Antenna 2018). Award-winning creative producer Alex Kelly’s latest film is Island of the Hungry Ghosts (also playing Antenna 2018): a moving portrait of forgotten asylum seekers on Christmas Island. Both filmmakers tackle difficult, heavily-charged political subjects. But rather than bombarding audiences with facts and statistics, they use a cinematic language that stretches from animation to mythmaking, metaphor and live action, propelling their stories forward. Savona and Kelly discuss how they brought these difficult stories to the screen in ways that resonate with audiences.
AQUARELA - A CASE STUDY:
FINANCING AND DISTRIBUTING CREATIVE DOCS
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Heino Deckert | Deckert Distribution | Germany
Heino Deckert is one of the the leading names working in international documentary production today. He is the managing director of Deckert Distribution, a world sales company for documentaries that stands for excellent, director-led documentaries and has also produced more than 120 award-winning films. His second collaboration with director Victor Kossakovsky, Aquarela, just had its world premiere at the 75th Venice Film Festival. Heino will speak about the challenges involved in structuring a complex co-production, using Aquarela as a case study, and will also share valuable insights into how he approaches producing, selling and distributing creative documentaries.
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