There are many Forums and opportunities to meet, exchange and finance documentaries in our industry. Is there a need for another one? There is, because the FIPADOC Industry Days fill a gap, that of a widely open gate to the French market, one of the most creative and financially powerful in Europe. But also, one which has still a big potential to open to international collaboration and coproduction. There is an opportunity to seize. And a great place to do so, in Biarritz.
Working as a producer, I experience more and more overcrowded markets where I meet many great people, but for a very short time, “speed dating”, in most cases superficial in content and outcome. Time and space are essential to our industry, though. FIPADOC offers quality time and sufficient space for public pitching, tailored, prearranged meetings and spontaneous encounters, hands on case studies and panels, productive labs, inspiring keynotes and a comprehensive insight into the documentary landscape of France and a country or region in Europe. Size matters when it comes to the market space. FIPADOC has the critical mass to attract enough international industry members and has at the same time the right size for friendly, stressless, productive work.
No matter in what capacity, succeeding in the documentary industry is not a walk in the park and we are doing what we do out of passion. This is our credo also for the design of the FIPADOC Industry Days. They are made for you!
Come and have a great time with us!…
Head of Industry Days
Sneak peek FIPADOC Industry Days 2021
The Industry Days - these are about 40 sessions in 4 days, a productive mix,
stressless and efficient. There are “trails” for directors, “paths” for producers,
“pit stops” for commissioning editors and sales agents… making it easy to
navigate a rich and inspiring program. Highlights this year are the Focus on documentary production of the Visegrad group (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) and our two labs for digital experiences and impact.
Here are some highlights of the 2021 edition:
Access the international market — Pitch your project
The core of the FIPADOC Industry Days is the opportunities to meet and ignite international co-productions. The International Pitch will showcase 15 fresh projects to a fine selection of broadcasters, funders, distributors and producers. Before this public session the teams will have a pitching training session. They will have the opportunity to meet potential coproducers in preorganised one-to-one sessions. After the pitching, one-to-one meetings will be arranged with financing partners.
A panels of commissioning editors will award the best pitch, sponsored with 5,000€ in post-production services by Saya.
Access the French market — Meet the Frogs
FIPADOC’s Industry Days are the gate to the French audio-visual Market and a dedicated focus will be made to offer the keys to open the doors and navigate towards the opportunities it offers. How to work with France, who are the players, the slots, the funders? How to reach the French audience? Keynotes, panels and exclusive labs (preregistration needed) will give unique insight into an industry space producing more than 2,000 documentary hours per year (with a budget of almost 390 million Euros). The Industry Days will feature the actors of the sector, broadcasters, funding sources and independent producers. Key players like France Télévisions, Arte, CNC… will present their slots and program policies.
Be one step ahead
Starting the year, FIPADOC’s ambition is to offer impulses into the future of our industry. In a quickly changing landscape we all need to reinvent ourselves, find new ways to tell good stories. Who is the audience and how do we reach it? Who are the new players and partners in the industry and how do we work with them? What’s new? What’s next?.
Inspiring keynotes and interactive sessions will project us fast forward.
Be part of SMART LAB — The digital hub
Fuelled by the SMART competition of the festival featuring the most recent digital landscape, a development lab for French speaking participants with digital projects in development will help them gear up for innovation. Two days of inspiring lectures and hands-on work designed in partnership with INA Training.
During the Industry Days public sessions will provide knowledge about innovation in digital documentary storytelling to all interested professionals.
Reach out — IMPACT LAB
If you are a producer-director duo get trained how to change the world with a movie. During the two days immediately prior to the festival, five or six selected films will enjoy access to training (including tools developed by Good Pitch) and the Good Pitch community, who are currently the most technically advanced when it comes to matters of promotion. During the Industry Days several sessions will provide reach out strategy to all interested professionals.
Combine work & party
Every evening FIPADOC and its partners will offer you the opportunity to meet and party. Highlights are the opening night on Tuesday, the France Télévisions reception, the Arte reception, the Swedish party and the closing ceremony on Saturday followed by the FIPADOC party.
Bottom line: coming to Biarritz next January is worth your time (and money). And easier than you think. Think San Sebastian International Film Festival in September: Fly to Biarritz, San Sebastian or Bilbao, or to Paris and take the train (more details to come).