Friday - Tuesday, 8 - 12th February

Please note that the information currently given below refers to the DocSalon 2019 and is shown in order to offer a general insight. All relevant content will be updated as soon as it becomes available.

The SalonTalks will focus on current developments and future challenges of the documentary industry in 5 different talks. Formats will vary from short presentations, moderated discussions with experts to one-on-one interviews with key players from the documentary landscape.


Stand 201, 2nd floor, Gropius Bau

Schedule SalonTalks

in collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest

Co-producing documentaries with international partners has its upsides and its challenges. In this session producers Hanne Phlypo and Katja Draaijer (By the Name of Tania, Generation) will share insights and tips about managing international co-productions with reference to their recent projects.

Hanne Phlypo (Clin D’Oeil Films)
Katja Draaijer (BALDR Film)

Moderated by Patrick Hurley (Sheffield Doc/Fest)

Followed by a Happy Hour hosted by Sheffield Doc/Fest

in collaboration with CPH:DOX*

How have the new Oscars® rules shaped the documentary landscape and what does it take for a producer coming from outside the US to run an Oscars® campaign? In 2018, CPH:DOX* was selected by the Academy as one of the Oscars® qualifying festivals. In the wake of the results of the latest Oscars® contenders, this panel discussion will break down the process of the Oscars® campaign marathon together with double Academy Award® Nominee producer Signe Byrge Sørensen of Final Cut For Real, Denmark.

Signe Byrge Sørensen (Final Cut for Real)

Moderated by Tereza Simikova (CPH:DOX)

in collaboration with DOK Leipzig

As it seems that more films are produced each year than can ever be programmed at festivals and in cinemas, particularly in the case of documentaries, what can we do to make sure that films are seen and heard by the right people to hit the specific targets and propel their lifespan? Brigid O’Shea, Head of Industry of DOK Leipzig, in discussion with two expert film publicists and communication consultants, will unpack some of the mysteries of film marketing and publicity.

Elizabeth Benjamin
Mirjam Wiekenkamp

Moderated by Brigid O’Shea (DOK Leipzig)

Followed by a Happy Hour hosted by DOK Leipzig

in collaboration with Visions du Réel

How does a film as ambitious artistically as Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit (Forum) and with a running time of over 3 hours 30 minutes find its way and life with contemporary audiences?
What are the strategies to releasing it and what kind of questions does it raise for the filmmaker, producer and distributor alike? What strategies can be adopted to counter preconceived notions of what a documentary is or what it might still be?

Thomas Heise (filmmaker)
Heino Deckert (, Deckert Distribution)

Moderated by Emilie Bujès (Visions du Réel)

Followed by a Happy Hour hosted by Visions du Réel

in collaboration with IDFA

Inspired by the reflections of a recent think tank at IDFA, this Diversity & Inclusion talk will focus on the measures at documentary festivals to achieve greater inclusion in the organizations themselves, their activities and audiences.

Emilie Bujes (Vision du Réel)
Leena Pasanen (DOK Leipzig)
Melanie Iredale (Sheffield Doc Fest)
Lamia Guiga (Carthage Film Festival)
Dorota Lech (Hot Docs)
Libby Hakaraia (Maoriland Film Festival)

Moderated by Orwa Nyrabia (IDFA)

in collaboration with the EFM’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Drawing from the insights of professionals from the documentary sector, this conversation will broach the intersection of documentary funding and inclusive policymaking and investigate how inclusivity at funding greenlighting tables can be achieved.

Lizzie Francke (British Film Institute)
John Kantara (Independent Documentary Filmmaker)
Laurence Lascary (Fonds Images de la Diversité (CNC / ex-commission member))
Andria Wilson (Inside Out Film Festival)
Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies)

This conversation will be moderated by Cíntia Gil (Doclisboa)