WANTED: Chinese documentary projects with international appeal!
CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum (CCDF) is a professional platform created to support documentary filmmaking and financing. Modeled after international documentary pitching forums, CCDF connects Chinese filmmakers with international commissioning editors, buyers or funders in order to facilitate international co-production.
Third Annual CNEX Chinese Doc Forum
“Documentary is an increasingly important global art form and a critical cultural practice in the 21st century.”
CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum (CCDF) is a professional platform created to support documentary filmmaking. Modeled after international documentary pitching forums, CCDF connects Chinese filmmakers with international commissioning editors, buyers or funders in order to facilitate international co-production.
Over the years, there’s been a growing interest from the international community in films related to Chinese cultures and societies. However, with language barriers, Chinese independent filmmakers have a hard time entering into and participating in the international documentary markets. Chinese filmmakers have not been able to take full advantage of the resources provided by the international film markets; additionally, Chinese filmmakers face a narrow or under-developed production and distribution channel. Chinese filmmakers also lack intention or understanding of the international documentary market.
CNEX Foundation, co-organized with Chinese Image Visual Industry and Creation Society, created the first annual CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum (CCDF) in 2010. Since then, twenty out of over hundreds of Chinese projects are selected each year where filmmakers have the opportunity to connect with internationally renowned documentary film professionals and commissioning editors, including representatives from Sundance (USA), Sunny Side of the Docs (France), BBC (UK), Arte (France), NDR/ARD (Germany), DR TV (Denmark), NHK (Japan), Discovery (Asia), National Geographic (Asia), Phoenix TV (HK), Sun TV (HK), RTHK (HK), PTS (Taiwan), Want Want China Times (Taiwan), SMG (China), and CCTV (China). Since the inception of the first CCDF, 37 projects have been selected into CCDF, and many of them have received funding, support and contracts with international producers, broadcasters and buyers.
In an effort to repeat the success of the last two years, CNEX organizes the third annual CNEX Chinese Doc Forum and seeks projects about Chinese culture or society. 20 projects will have the opportunity to pitch and receive pitch training at the 2012 CCDF, which will take place from September 26th to 30th.
CCDF-3 Dates & Events
- Stage 1: Training Workshop
September 26 ~ September 28
The 20 selected films are REQUIRED to participate in a 3-day training workshop. CNEX will invite internationally renowned documentary film professionals to conduct the workshops, one-on-one feedback, and pitch training in order to present at the Forum.
- Stage 2: Pitching Forum
September 29, 30
During the 2-day pitching forum, filmmakers will pitch to a panel of international commissioning editors, funders and buyers. Filmmakers will explore the international market and international co-production opportunities with industry professionals and commissioning editors at the forum. Three projects will be awarded with cash prizes and opportunities to present at other international pitching events.
We hope to receive projects with both artistic merit and international market potential.
We hope to hear compelling stories and meet promising filmmakers.
We believe that each story represents a unique adventure.
We believe that a passionate filmmaker can show us a new existence.