DocPro Discussions

We want to learn! Where to next?

9 November 2022 - 2:00PM to 3:30PM
Venue: CEU - Nádor u. 15., 103.
(The event will be in Hungarian)

After the re-modelling in Hungarian universities, the question of where to turn for new talents in Hungarian documentary film is a burning one. The teachers of today's Hungarian documentary  discuss the state and future of talent and  training in a panel. Insights and guidance into the world of Hungarian documentary film universities, alternative training and internships. 

Dorottya Zurbó (HU) Documentary Film Director, Teacher in the DocNomads International Documentary Masters Program (SZFE)
Péter Akar (HU) Director, Lecturer at the Department of Film Studies of  the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Bojána Papp (HU) Director, Lecturer at the Budapest Metropolitan University (METU)
Krisztina Meggyes (HU) Producer, Owner of Little Bus Productions

Moderator: Hanna Sára Kádár (HU) Documentary Filmmaker, DocPro & DocLab Organiser 

What makes your film successful on a European level?

9 November 2022 - 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Venue: CEU - Nádor u. 15., 103.
(The event will be in English)

Crossing borders with your film in Europe! How the high quality creative documentary of Europe is created and distributed?
A panel discussion among European filmmakers and decision makers on how contemporary  films are made from production to post-production and distribution. How can an idea become an international film travelling across all borders? How can a creative documentary travel through audiences in Europe today? 

László Józsa (HU)  Producer (Speak Easy Project)
Julianna Ugrin (HU) Producer  (Éclipse Film)
Jannik Splidsboel  (SWE) Documentary Film Commissioner at the Swedish Film Institute
Inka Achté  (FIN) Documentary Film Director, Curator of DocPoint Helsinki, co-founder of Raina Film Festivals Distribution
Csaba Bereczki (HU) Director of International Affairs and Sales at Hungarian National Film Institute (NFI)

Moderator: Szabolcs Szirony (HU) Cultural Anthropologist, Organizer at Verzió, Member of NFI Distribution Board

Burning Out: How to take care of your mental health as a documentary filmmaker?

10 November 2022 - 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Venue: CEU - Nádor u. 15., 103.
(The event will be in English)

Burning out is a common problem among documentarians, but now we break the silence and focus on the mental health of the filmmaker. Directors and producers from various backgrounds share their experiences of trying to keep an inner balance as making documentaries. How can we take care of ourselves as filming others, while dealing with challenging mental and physical situations on the field, trying to keep the right balance between work and family or just letting characters go as getting involved in their lives?

Hanna Polak (POL) Documentary Film Director, Cinematographer and Producer (The Children of Leningradsky, Angels of Sinjar)
Matt Sarnecki (USA) Documentary Film Director, producer (Killing Pavel, The Killing of a Journalist)
Alexa Bakony (HU)  Documentary Film Director (Colors of Tobi)
Máté Kőrösi (HU) Documentary Film Director (Divas)

Moderator: Péter Becz (HU) Documentary Filmmaker, DocPro & DocLab Organiser

(Applied) critical film education

13 November 2022 - 2:30PM
Venue: CEU - Nádor u. 15., 103.
(The event will be in English)

Presentation by Andrea Pócsik, film historian and cultural researcher

The presentation will explore the possibilities to further develop the higher education programme of the Festival, called UniVerzió, which was initiated in 2018, and the online film library, Verziótéka, that was launched this year. It is envisaged that creative documentaries on human rights could be of excellent use in various areas of university education (law, social, environmental and economic sciences, pedagogy, psychology, public administration, to name but the most important ones). The informative results of the questionnaire and interview research confirm this and encourage further action.

Festivals, Universities, and Documentary Film Education

13 November 2022 - 3:00PM to 4:30PM
Venue: CEU - Nádor u. 15., 103.
(The event will be in English)

How do documentary festivals engage with and promote educational activities and contribute to new participatory forms of engagement? What platforms exist for productive educational outreach and cooperation with universities and local communities? Festival representatives from Bologna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, and Biarritz share their experiences. 

Chiara Boschiero (Biografilm, IT)
Marion Czarny (Fipadoc, FR)
Michaela Kolláriková (One World Bratislava, SLO)
Carla Lehner (This Human World, AT)

Moderator: Oksana Sarkisova, Festival Director, Verzió IHRDFF (HU)