Doc Fest Ireland 2019 to Kick Off this June

Doc Fest Ireland 2019

Doc Fest Ireland – a new industry focussed, all-Ireland documentary film festival.

Belfast Film Festival has recently announced a brand new annual festival, ‘Doc Fest Ireland’ which will take place in Belfast from Wednesday 12th June – Sunday 16th June this year. Doc Fest Ireland will showcase only documentary films, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries. 

The festival will provide a platform to showcase the Irish documentary filmmaking industry, promoting a dynamic programme of events that are both entertaining and provocative.

The last five years have seen a surge in feature-length documentaries from the island of Ireland, with many securing theatrical releases. 

Hard-hitting post-conflict legacy films such as Sinead O’Shea’s A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot, and Belfast-based Sean Murray’s Unquiet Graves are making waves in the industry. Belfast based Fine Point Films filmography includes Emmy-nominated Elián, Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned and Bobby Sands: 66 Days, which is currently streaming on Netflix. 

The success of Belfast Film Festival’s sold-out pilot Irish Documentary Festival in 2018 highlights the strong interest in documentary film and the need for film festivals on the island of Ireland that focus on this type of film.

Doc Fest Ireland will also host a series of industry events and master classes, pitching sessions and information sessions for new and emerging filmmakers including the BFI/Doc Society New and Emerging Talent Day.

The festival is now seeking submissions for Doc Market (deadline Friday 19th April), an opportunity for filmmakers to meet with industry professionals including international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors from across the UK, ROI, US and EU.

Decision Makers in attendance at Doc Market to date, will include:

Arte France | Arte Germany | Broadcasting Authority of Ireland | BBC Arts | BBC Northern Ireland | BBC Storyville | Creative Europe | European Documentary Network | EO / IKON Docs Netherlands | The Kennedy / Marshall Company | Northern Ireland Screen | USA PBS | RTÉ | Screen Ireland | SWR Germany | TG4 Ireland | TRT Turkey | the WRAP Fund Ireland | TV Poland

Doc Market will be a hub for funding, sales and distribution of Irish and international documentaries and a place where local talent can continue to thrive. Find out more about Doc Market here

Chair of Doc Fest Ireland, internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins, said: 

“Belfast is one of the most interesting cities in the world. It’s in transition and, because of Brexit and Belfast’s rapid social change. It is a fascinating place to take the temperature of the UK and Ireland. Add in the fact that the team behind Doc Fest Ireland is passionate and experienced, and that Ireland has a great tradition of documentary film, and it’s hard to think of a better place to launch a dynamic new documentary festival”. 

Doc Fest Ireland’s principal funders are Northern Ireland Screen, TG4 and Arts & Business with additional funding from Queen’s University. 

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Doc Fest Ireland

Introducing Doc Fest Ireland, an industry focussed, all Ireland International Documentary Festival.

 

Belfast Film Festival presents Doc Fest Ireland, a new, industry-focussed All-Ireland Documentary FIlm Festival, which will take place in Belfast from  Wednesday 12th June – Sunday 16th June this year.

Doc Fest Ireland will showcase only non-fiction film, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries. The last five years have seen a surge in feature-length documentaries from the island of Ireland, with many securing theatrical releases, and Doc Fest Ireland will provide a platform to showcase the great talent within the Irish documentary filmmaking industry, promoting a dynamic programme of events that are both entertaining and provocative.

 

DOC FEST IRELAND MARKETPLACE

 

Doc Market is an opportunity for filmmakers to meet with top decision makers including international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors on a one to one basis. The Doc Market will be a hub for funding, sales and distribution of documentaries in Ireland and globally, and an incubator for nurturing domestic talent so that our industry can continue to thrive in the future.

Doc Market is the only marketplace dedicated to documentary on the island of Ireland and will provide an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their project through carefully matchmade meetings organised by the Doc Fest Ireland team.

 

Decision Makers in attendance at the Marketplace will include:

 

Arte France | Arte Germany | BBC Northern Ireland | BBC Storyville | Creative Europe | European Documentary Network | EO Docs Netherlands | Northern Ireland Screen | RTÉ | SWR Germany | TG4 Ireland | TRT Turkey | the WRAP Fund Ireland | TVP Poland

 

Further international funders, distributors and broadcasters will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

You can submit to the Doc Fest Market here. The deadline for application is Saturday March 30th. Your idea must be long form (50 minutes +) and you must have at least one TV / digital / theatrical credit in documentary, although this can include shorter form.

 

In addition to the marketplace, the festival will host a training session for EU Co-Production, in collaboration with the European Documentary Network and Creative Europe on Wednesday June 12th. Further details on this event will be announced on the Doc Fest Ireland website in the coming weeks.

We will also host the NI Screen 1st Feature Pitch which is a pitch for development money of £7.5k to do a teaser for a feature doc. It’s open to anyone who has not made a feature, including new and emerging talent. Film makers without production companies will be placed with an experienced company.

 

Doc Fest Ireland will also present a diverse range of panel sessions and talks, a BFI/Doc Society day, as well as live pitches and social events.

 

DOC FEST IRELAND ACCREDITATION NOW AVAILABLE

 

Accreditation for Doc Fest Ireland is now available to purchase online. Whether you are an industry professional, student or documentary enthusiast, festival passes are available to suit your needs and budget. Accreditation types available are the:

 

Pure Talent Pass

Pure Docs Pass

Pure Class Pass

 

 

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Doc Fest Ireland 2019

 

Doc Fest Ireland’s inaugural festival will run from 12th – 16th June 2019 in Belfast.

Doc Fest Ireland:

  • Celebrates documentary filmmaking and provides a platform for both national and international industries.
  • Is a hub for cross-border collaboration, international co-productions and sales and distribution through our full day one-to-one pitching forum, Doc Market.
  • Hosts industry events including talks, pitching sessions, masterclasses, a new talent focus & funding information sessions.
  • Features keynote speakers who are experts in the industry from Ireland and beyond.
  • Is a showcase for immersive technology documentary through our partnership with Queens University Belfast and the VR/AR suite at SARC.

Attend the Doc Market or submit a film for consideration

 

 

 

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