A quick overview of CPH:DOX 2019

Here, you will find general information about CPH:DOX, our festival centre at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and this year’s programme sections. When the full festival lineup has been announced, you will also be able to find an overview of the festival’s highlights, debates, talks, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, and industry events among other things.

Should you until then have any questions, please contact our press department at press@cphdox.dk or +45 3345 4730

CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world. The 16th edition of CPH:DOX takes place March 20 – 31, 2019.

CPH:DOX was founded in 2003. Supported by film professionals as well as the national press, CPH:DOX grew from 14,000 admissions in its first year to a record-breaking total of 110,500 admissions in 2018.

CPH:DOX continues to develop and expand, presenting a program that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talent, from large-scale theatrical releases to film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art. The programme exceeds traditional boundaries between disciplines and media, offering perspectives on creative crossovers between cinema, television and media art.

More than a film festival
During the eleven days of the festival, CPH:DOX also presents concerts, art exhibitions, five whole days of professional seminars, a screening market, and the international financing and co-production event CPH:FORUM, as well as the film production program CPH:LAB and much more.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg
CPH:DOX’s festival center is set in the cultural institution Kunsthal Charlottenborg, one of the most important Art Centres in Copenhagen. Along with the main sponsor Normann Copenhagen, we are transforming Charlottenborg into an international festival mansion with two cinemas, a VR-cinema, exhibitions, talks, parties and social events.
This will be an ideal place to meet, network, take a break, recharge, experience, or simply just enjoy the atmosphere of CPH:DOX. There will be a small cafe and a restaurant where you can enjoy a lunch or a cup of coffee.
During the festival, Charlottenborg will also host several social events for industry professionals with a CPH:DOX accreditation. It’s a chance to meet & mingle and have a taste of the great CPH:DOX feeling!

At Kunsthal Charlottenborg you will also find the Info & Press desk. Here delegates can pick up their accreditation badges as well as the 2019 programme catalogues.

The main competition DOX:AWARD is the festival’s selection of this year’s best international documentaries.

The nominated films are characterised by a strong, personal expression, by their cinematic qualities and expand the way that contemporary documentary relates to reality.

Previous winners:
2018: The Raft (SE/DK/US/DE), Marcus Lindeen.
2017: Last Men in Aleppo (DK), Feras Fayyad.
2015: God Bless the Child (US), Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck.
2014: The Look of Silence (DK), Joshua Oppenheimer.
2013: Bloody Beans (FR), Narimane Mari.
2012: The Act of Killing (DA), Joshua Oppenheimer.

F:ACT AWARD is dedicated to films in the field between documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism. It was founded in 2013 in collaboration with The Danish Union of Journalists.

Previous winners:
2018: Laila at the Bridge (CA/AF), Elizabeth Mirzaei & Gulistan Mirzaei.
2017: Radio Kobani (NL), Reber Dosky.
2015: Among the Believers (PK), Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi.
2014: E-Team. Katy Chevigny (US), Ross Kauffman.
2013: Dirty Wars (US), Richard Rowley.

The nominated films for NORDIC:DOX AWARD are a careful selection of the best documentaries from the Nordic countries. The selection reflects the diversity and level of artistic ambition in the North in films with a clear vision and a personal touch. The competition ranges from the poetic to the political, putting the viewer in an active and critical position.

Previous winners:
2018: Lykkelænder (DK/GL), Lasse Lau.
2017: Land of the Free (DK), Camilla Magid.
2015: Return of the Atom(FI/DE), Mika Taanila & Jussi Eerola.
2014: Olmo & The Seagull (DK/BR/FR), Lea Glob & Petra Costa.
2013: After You (SE), Marius Dybwad-Brandrud.
2012: Searching for Bill (DA), Jonas Poher Rasmussen.

The NEW:VISION AWARD presents groundbreaking experiments in the field between documentary and artistic reflection. The films are particularly characterised by being of an international and experimental character, as are the heritages of their directors. Some are known for their work with documentary film, others for their work in the art world. The nominees therefore reflect themselves best what the NEW:VISION competition is all about: the examination of the distinctive field located between film and art.

Previous winners:
2018: Wild Relatives (LB/NO), Jumana Manna.
2017: Life Imitation (CH), Zhou Chen.
2015: Shared between: Bending to Earth (DE/US), Rosa Barba & The Digger (LB/AE/FR), Ali Cherri.
2014: The Dent (EG), Basim Magdy.
2013: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (UK/FR), Ben Rivers & Ben Russel.
2012: Leviathan (FR), Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel.

Take a walk on the wild side! In 2017, together with the festival’s main sponsor Normann Copenhagen, CPH:DOX announced the new international competition NEXT:WAVE. The NEXT:WAVE competition is dedicated to emerging filmmakers with the courage to take chances.

Previous winners:
2018: Beautiful Things (IT), Giorgio Ferrero & Federico Biasin.
2017: 1996 Lucy and the Corpses in the Pool (AR), Marcos Migliavacca & Nahuel Lahora

CPH:DOX and Politiken celebrate freedom of expression with the Politiken Audience Award. The nominated films support the defence of artistic freedom. The winner will receive 50,000DKK.

The rule of law and civil liberty are fundamental elements in a democratic society, but challenges such as terror, migration, and globalization lead to solutions that put the constitutional state under pressure.
JUSTICE is a theme-based programme section supported by the Dreyer Foundation which focuses on the relationships between the individual and the state, security and liberty, ethics and law, the constitutional state and democracy. The films are followed by debates with leading lawyers, professionals, human rights activists, and of course the audience.

Take part in CPH:DOX’s riot against alternative facts. CPH:SCIENCE offers eloquently presented science in new documentaries, scientist-artists conversations, and industry meetings in the cross sections of art and science.

In 2017 CPH:DOX founded the science programme in collaboration with the Lundbeck foundation. The programme aims at making science accessible and interesting for the public in a time where our approach to facts is particularly challenged. To reach this aim CPH:SCIENCE offers activities that rethink our relationship to science across audience, educational institutions, research facilities, and the film industry.

Meet some of the world’s most renowned and respected artists and filmmakers – both in front of and behind the camera.

A special selection of exclusive premieres out of competition.

SOUND & VISION is the festival’s music film programme presenting some of the year’s best music experiences.

Political and powerful films creating an impact. From inspiring portraits of idealists in action to films with a

Festival hits: Great films, great stories, and great characters.

New, Danish documentaries from established & upcoming filmmakers.

We repeat the success of our programme INTER:ACTIVE at this year’s festival building an exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, and presenting some of the best in the interactive world with immersive installations and VR cinema.

CPH:MEETINGS is a series of special film screenings followed by talks and debates between artists, politicians, experts, and other cultural forces with active involvement of the audience in different ways. Every event is uniquely planned to fit the film and the curiosity of the audience the best, and we always hire some of the best moderators in the country to help do so.

AUDIO:VISUALS has been expanding the Danish concert scene every year since 2010. Over the years it has resulted in a number of unique and distinctive concerts – and this year will be no exception!

AUDIO:VISUALS is the festival’s concert series that invites the audience to immerse themselves into unique performative experiences that combines visuals and music in special venues and unusual settings. Danish and international musicians are challenged by renowned filmmakers, visual artists or films from the programme – and they are giving themselves the opportunity to develop their own visual and auditory experiments.

CPH:DOX welcomes approximately 2,000 industry professionals, journalists, and students. Parallel to the festival runs CPH:INDUSTRY, hosting the financing and co-production market CPH:FORUM, the work-in-progress section CPH:WIP, the new pitching event Science Film Forum, the 5-day conference in partnership with Documentary Campus CPH:CONFERENCE and the screening market CPH:MARKET.

CPH:FORUM is CPH:DOX’s financing and co-production event dedicated to facilitate the development and financing of creative and visually strong film projects with international potential, whether they are features, series or new media projects.
CPH:FORUM is a two-day event taking place Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March. Over the course of the two days, top producers and highly acknowledged directors from all over the world will take the stage to pitch 30 carefully selected projects in different pitch set-ups to an audience of industry professionals, including potential co-production partners, financiers and distributors.
Reflecting the overall profile of CPH:DOX, projects at CPH:FORUM are presented within five main categories: FICTIONONFICION, CINEMA, F:ACT, ART, and SCIENCE. Leading broadcasting stations such as ARTE, ZDF, NDR, BBC, DR, American Netflix, POV, and HBO as well as several film foundations are returning participants of CPH:FORUM.
On top, we are proud to present the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €15,000 for the events best pitch.

CPH:CONFERENCE offers an intensive programme of case studies, keynotes, workshops and discussions on the most trending topics of our industry. The 5-day industry event brings together professionals from the worlds of film, journalism, technology, science and art to share knowledge, cultivate new networks, and spark collaboration across sectors. Each day of the conference is dedicated to a different theme and is carefully orchestrated by internationally renowned curators.
The conference is open to all accredited guests as well as the public and takes place Monday 25th to Friday 29th March at 10:00-17:00 at festival center Kunsthal Charlottenborg in central Copenhagen.

For the third year running, as a prelude to CPH:FORUM, we are presenting CPH:WIP, a curated collection of 6 Nordic works in progress from high-profile Nordic producers and directors looking for gap financing or a launch pad for further distribution. The CPH:WIP project presentations take place in Kunsthal Charlottenborg on Tuesday March 26.
The titles are curated in collaboration with the Nordic film institutes and reflect CPH:DOX’s commitment to strong documentary films from the Nordic region also expressed in the festival’s NORDIC:DOX Award.

CPH:LAB is CPH:DOX’s talent development and production programme that encourages creative risk-taking, celebrates raw talent, facilitates collaboration across borders and business sectors and supports frontrunners within the film industry to push the existing boundaries of filmmaking as we know it. Since 2009 the lab has established itself as a highly acknowledged, ambitious and yet playful laboratory-style talent scheme showing great results.

CPH:MARKET is a curated film market that reflects CPH:DOX’s overall commitment to visually and artistically strong documentary films and offers professionals easy access to an extensive line-up of more than 200 contemporary documentary titles. The market is open to professionals during the entire festival 21-31 March 2019.

CPH:DOX will visited more than 30 municipalities as the festival is spreading out across the entire country. DOX:ON:TOUR focuses on current and agenda setting themes in close collaboration with the local venues and organisations. In connection to the film screenings debates, events, and talks will be held.