Friday - Tuesday, 21- 25 February

SalonTalks focuses on current developments and future challenges to the documentary industry in five different talks. Formats 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

Please note that the information currently given below refers to the DocSalon 2020 and is shown in order to offer a general insight. All relevant content will be updated as soon as it becomes available.

Schedule SalonTalks

In collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest

In this onstage conversation, incoming IFFR artistic director Vanja Kaludjercic, MUBI acquisitions executive until her recent appointment, and Sheffield Doc/Fest’s new artistic director, and former head of DocLisboa, Cíntia Gil will share with the audience their ideas and discuss concrete plans for their respective festivals.

Cíntia Gil (Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest)
Vanja Kaludjercic (Director, International Film Festival Rotterdam)

Moderated by Malin Hüber (Producer, HER film)

Followed by a Happy Hour

A look at different approaches to audience development, impact producing & prompting civic engagement
Documentary films have the potential to confront viewers with realities different from their own, to introduce new perspectives and to elicit far-reaching civic responses to the viewpoints they depict. Which strategies can be deployed to increase and diversify documentary audiences and how can new insights prompted by effectively told issue-focused docs become a call for action?

Leena Minifie, a successful impact producer from Canada and member of the Gitxaala First Nation, will present a short case study outlining the strategies she employs and the different elements and players involved on the path to increasing and diversifying audiences for films that aim to trigger change.

With, a Berlin-based producer, Vivian Schröder works on establishing a network of institutions, foundations and NGOs facilitating strategies and campaigns for social impact. At DocSalon she’ll talk about her efforts to bring the Good Pitch to Germany.

Leena Minifie (Producer, Marketing Specialist & Owner at Stories First)
Vivian Schröder (Producer at Boekamp&Kriegsheim and Social Impact Network Organizer)

Moderated by Nadia Denton (Author & Film Curator)

Followed by a Happy Hour hosted by the Documentary Association of Europe (DAE)

In collaboration with ChileDoc

In the past ten years, Chile’s audiovisual sector has seen a considerable increase in co-productions as well as in national and international distribution of audiovisual works. Chilean creatives from the documentary sector reveal how innovative strategies – implemented by a new, mostly female leadership, and involving associations and collaborations – have led to these positive developments.

Carola Fuentes (TV Journalist, Producer, Owner La Ventana Cine, a B Corporation)
Joanna Reposi Garibaldi (Director, Visual Artist, Journalist, Teacher)
Paola Castillo (Producer and Executive Director of ChileDoc)

Moderated by Diego Pino (Director ChileDoc)

Followed by a Happy Hour hosted by DMZ Documentary Film Festival

In collaboration with the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and Visions du Réel (VdR)

Documentary film people spent decades fighting for recognition as part of cinema, and of art in general. Today, as more documentary works are acknowledged in non-specialized platforms, is a “documentary community” with specialized events and platforms still needed? Does it alienate documentary artists from others? Or can it add value without ghettoizing the form and its makers? We will try to tackle these questions, to examine the reality of documentary filmmaking and business today, and to try and imagine the future together, festivals and filmmakers.

Emilie Bujès (Director, VdR)
Tine Fischer (Director, CPH:DOX)
Orwa Nyrabia (Director, IDFA)
Christoph Terhechte (Director, DOK Leipzig)

Followed by a Happy Hour hosted by Visions du Réel & DOK Leipzig

This talk is kindly supported by Telefilm Canada.

Part 1
Berlin 1945 – A Case Study (30 min)

Ambitious, stunning, moving – Berlin 1945 recounts the year 1945 in Berlin through the eyes of those who experienced it and as it has never been told before. Director Volker Heise and Editor Andrew Bird talk about the process and the challenges of creating this fast-paced 180-minute narrative that was assembled using solely archive footage.

Volker Heise (Director & Producer of 24h Berlin, 24h Jerusalem, 24h Europe)
Andrew Bird (Editor of Head-On Soul Kitchen, The Golden Glove)

Moderated by Monika Preischl (Archive Researcher / Producer)

Part 2
Archival Research – An International Perspective (60 min)

Featuring clips from recent films such as Walchensee Forever (Janna Ji Wonders, Berlinale 2020), Beuys (Andreas Veiel), Into the Inferno (Werner Herzog) and rare footage from the archive stock of the German Federal Archives, renowned Canadian archive producer Elizabeth Klinck compares notes with German producers, researchers and archivist on the various approaches to archival research, producing and licensing.

Dr. Adelheid Heftberger (Head of Film Access, German Federal Archives)
Katharina Bergfeld (Documentary Producer, Flare Film)
Monika Preischl (Archive Researcher / Producer)

Moderated by Elizabeth Klinck (Archive Researcher / Producer)