CPH:FORUM is CPH:DOX’s international financing and co-production event dedicated to facilitate the development and financing of creative and visually strong film projects.

Reflecting the overall profile of CPH:DOX, the CPH:FORUM is looking for projects within four main focus areas:

  • FICTIONONFICTION: Challenging works in the hybrid landscape between fiction and non-fiction.
  • CINEMA: High-end theatrical feature-length documentaries with international distribution potential.
  • F:ACT: Projects bridging the fields of filmmaking, investigative journalism and activism.
  • ART: Film projects positioned in the borderland between art and film and screened both within the institution of cinema and that of visual arts.

CPH:FORUM has a natural emphasis on Scandinavia and Europe but is open to film projects from independent documentary filmmakers, fiction filmmakers, journalists, activists and visual artists worldwide seeking financing and international market partners.

We are interested in projects from experienced as well as emerging directors.

Projects should be in development or production and do not need to have financing already in place.

The main criteria for selection will be the artistic quality of the project, the estimated potential for the project to travel as well as its financial feasibility.

Projects that have not been presented at any other major international market will be given priority.

Project applications are only accepted via our online submission form. Please note that there’s an entry fee of 185 DKK (approx. 25 EUR) to be paid by credit card in order to complete the submission.

Only submissions that are duly completed and paid before the deadline will be considered.

Up to two projects may be submitted per production company.

If selected, the information submitted in the application is what will be published in the industry catalogue (unless otherwise stated below). The catalogue will be distributed to all participants and assessed online by decision makers when they choose who they would like to meet. Only minor changes and updates to the project information will be possible after selection.

All material must be in English and we urge you to have the following ready before you begin the online application process:

  • Working Title
  • Logline (max. 250 characters incl. spaces)
  • Synopsis/treatment (max. 2500 characters incl. spaces)
  • Language(s)
  • Anticipated duration
  • Production status
  • Expected release
  • Financing scenario in EUR (total budget, secured amount, required amount)
  • Confirmed financing (institution/company/source, name of responsible financier, amount in EUR)
  • Main production company (company name, contact info, short presentation of max. 650 characters incl. spaces)
  • Co-production company (if applicable, company name, country)
  • Director(s) (name, contact info, picture, short biography of max. 650 characters incl. spaces, filmography of max 3 titles)
  • Producer(s) (name, contact info, portrait picture, short biography of max. 650 characters incl. spaces, filmography of max 3 titles)
  • World sales (if applicable, company)
  • Trailer or clip (online link, max. 3 minutes, English subtitles)

For application assessment only (not for publication):

  • Detailed budget and financing plan (uploaded as excel spreadsheet or pdf)
  • Director’s statement (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Pitched before at other markets
  • Pitch category applied (FICTIONONFICTION, ART, F:ACT, CINEMA)
  • Goals at CPH:FORUM (Financing, Co-Producer, Sales Agent, Distributor)

Further information and documentation may be requested at any time.

A maximum of 30 projects will be selected by CPH:FORUM and the final pitch category is at the discretion of the CPH:FORUM team.

Notification about selection will be given as soon as possible after the project application deadline in mid-January 2017.

If selected, the producer and/or director of the project must be registered with an accreditation and attend CPH:DOX 2017 for the duration of CPH:FORUM on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March. The accreditation is free of charge for up to two team members pitching the project.

Additional accreditations for project related professionals to attend CPH:FORUM can be applied for and will be at full price if granted.

CPH:DOX requires the logo of CPH:FORUM to be taken up in the credits of the film once finalised with the following sentence mentioned in the credit list: “[TITLE] has been presented at the CPH:FORUM of CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival [YEAR]”

The selection committee decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome. Feedback is not guaranteed if your application is unsuccessful.

Selected projects will be presented in the CPH:INDUSTRY catalogue with the information submitted for the application (except the items submitted for application assessment only). The catalogue will be distributed to all CPH:INDUSTRY participants at CPH:DOX 2017.

Selected projects will also be presented at the CPH:DOX website. A public presentation of the project includes working title, name of the director(s), production country, logline and main picture. In a password protected area for registered CHP:FORUM participants only, the presentation of the project in addition includes the synopsis/treatment, production facts, financial info and the trailer/clip.

Participants will be presented in the CPH:INDUSTRY catalogue with their name, portrait picture, professional title, country, professional profile and contact email. They will also be presented at the CPH:DOX website, where a public presentation includes name, portrait picture, professional title and country, while a password protected area in addition gives CPH:INDUSTRY delegates access to peoples’ professional profile and contact email.

Directors of selected projects are offered to present a previous work to attending decision makers on Festival Scope.

Pitching sessions are conducted in English and take place during mornings on the two days of the CPH:FORUM on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March.

Each pitch team has a maximum of 7 minutes to present their project including visual material which must be used for the presentation. The pitch is followed by a short, moderated discussion with a tailored panel of decision makers and experts.

Eligible projects will compete for the Eurimages Co-production and Development Award of 15,000 EUR, which is presented to the best pitch of the event.

Pitching sessions are followed up by individual meetings between decision makers and pitch teams taking place during afternoons on the two days of the CPH:FORUM on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March.

Individual meetings are scheduled at 15 minutes each and are arranged in advance at the discretion of the CPH:FORUM staff based on meeting requests from both decision makers and pitch teams received through our online system.

The online meeting booking system will be open to decision makers and pitch teams only. Requests can be submitted during a short period of 10 days in the beginning of February and all requests must be submitted during this period. Further guidelines will be provided to the eligible participants by email in due time.

The pre-arranged meeting schedules can be subject to changes during the event based on the outcome of the pitching sessions. However, only decision makers can ask for additional meetings on the spot, which may be added to the schedule by the CPH:FORUM staff.

The CPH:FORUM will try to book as many relevant meetings as possible for all selected projects, but can not guarantee a specific number of meetings. Neither can meetings be guaranteed on the specific day the project will be pitched, and thus meetings can take place before as well as after the pitch.

CPH:FORUM is primarily for producers and directors with selected projects and a wide variety of decision makers, interested in active attendance. A limited number of seats are available to professionals who wish to attend the two-day financing event as observers with priority given to producers.

Participants must be duly registered with a proper accreditation, based on an invitation or application via the online accreditation form and a granted CPH:FORUM seat.

When applied, notification about participation in CPH:FORUM will be given as soon as possible after the accreditation deadline and no later than 15 February 2017.

To secure a granted CPH:FORUM seat, the accreditation fee must be paid before the deadline, after which participation is binding. Paid fees will not be refunded. In case of failure to pay the accreditation fee by the deadline, the seat may be offered to another participant.

Submission of project: 185 DKK (approx. 25 EUR)
Accreditation: 2.750 DKK (approx. 370 EUR), including access to:

  • Project presentations
  • Tailored match-making (for selected projects)
  • Industry networking
  • Lunch & coffee during CPH:FORUM 22-23 March
  • Access to CPH:MARKET on site (priority given to decision makers) & online
  • All regular festival screenings & seminars
  • Festival Center & Guest Desk services
  • Delegate bag
  • CPH:INDUSTRY catalogue
  • Profiles and contact information of accredited guests (online guest list)

Accreditation fees are inclusive of VAT (25%).

Notification of project selection: mid-January, 2017

Accreditation application deadline: February 1, 2017

Notification of accreditation: February 15 2017

Your application and participation implies unconditional acceptance of these rules and regulations.

The organisers reserve the right to change the rules and regulations or processes at any time and without notification.