Doc Co-production Market & Pitching Forum

Established as a benchmark for the European and International players, over the past editions the Doc Co-Production Market has successfully supported several of the selected features, tv one off and series in their path to completion.

The 2023 Selection committee selected 3 Docuseries, 11 Feature Docs and 4 TV One-Offs

Among the Italian titles selected by the international jury, great space has been given to notable stories and personalities of our country: Her Name is Battle, an Italian-French co-production, the portrait of the famous photographer from Palermo who died a few years ago. Another Sicilian story revolves around Tanino Murana, accused of having collaborated with the Mafia in I didn’t kill Borsellino, while Achille Lauro – The Terror Cruise takes us back to the hijacking of the famous cruise ship. Social issues are narrated in Near Light, five episodes reflecting on the dramatic situation in Italian jails, just as Mia is an integration story on an unconventional family with a charismatic female figure described over five years. Ilona is inspired by Cicciolina’s political parable to depict feminism in Italy and the clash against national prejudice and machismo. The Dreamers is a focus on the resistance of Afghan women against the Taliban’s’ violence and obscurantism. Ocean Drive is the story of the unusual adventure of a father and his children who – due to a terminal illness – realize the dream of crossing the ocean with… two floating cars. The Modigliani Affaire investigates the scandal following the hoax of the stone heads “erroneously” attributed to the Livorno-born artist in 1984, but also a series of anomalous events surrounding the mysterious death of Modigliani’s daughter, Jeanne. Italy is also at the center of MIA Doc’s international titles, as for the French Rome Underground, the events surrounding the construction of the Capital’s subway in an underworld rich in archeology and history. Another French documentary is an attempt to describe Silvio Berlusconi’s Italy in The Country I Love, while the Swiss project Jesus Goes to Hollywood takes us to Matera by means of US blockbusters and the French GEN to the Milan Niguarda hospital where couples resort to IVF.

The Luxembourgian Waiting for Fränk is linked to the One Coin cryptocurrency scandal, while the Israeli Hot Spot recalls the crisis of five teenagers in a school for future Leaders near Jerusalem. Three non-European titles flank the above: the Canadian The Track, which follows the adventures of three aspiring Olympic athletes in today’s Bosnia; Desperately Seeking Rainbows, a disturbing backstage of the Asian porn universe (Taiwan), and the Armenian Price of History that explores themes of contemporary archeology.

This year’s pitching forum will be moderated by Rudy Buttignol, President of NXT Broadcast Strategy & Brand.
2023 Selection Committee
ZDF Bubeck-Paaz Sabine, Commissioning Editor

NXT Buttignol Rudy, Broadcast Strategy & Brand

Mediawan Rights Castoldi Arianna, Head of Doc Sales

Rai De Felice Silvia, Head of Arte Project, Culture and Educational

Go2Films Goldshmidt Hedva, Managing Director

NHK Enterprises Imamura Ken-ichi, Producer

Ginger Foot Films Jensen Björn Managing Director

Les Films d’Ici Lalou Serge, Producer

Freelance, Mancini Patrizia, consultant

Rai Mancini Fabio, Commissioning Editor
Official Selection Doc Co-production Market & Pitching Forum 2023

Directed by: Raffaele Brunetti, produced by: Raffaele Brunetti (B&B Film)

THE COUNTRY I LOVE (Feature doc) France, Italy, Germany

Directed by: Fabio Lucchini, produced by: Davide Morandini (Khora Film Productions)


Directed by: Kenny Png, produced by: Stefano Centini (Volos Films LTD.)

THE DREAMERS (Feature doc) Italy, Chile

Directed by: Alessandro Galassi, produced by: Claudia Leon (Faro cine), Alessandro Galassi (Anamei Films)

GEN (TV One-off) France, Italy

Directed by: Gianluca Matarrese, produced by: Dominique Barneaud (Bellota Films)

HER NAME IS BATTLE (TV One-off) Italy, France

Directed by: Cécile Allegra, produced by Massimo Arvat (Zenit Arti Audiovisive), Patricia Boutinard Rouelle (Nilaya Productions)

HOT SPOT (Feature doc) Israel

Directed by: Karin Kainer, produced by: Osnat Saraga (Ananey Studios)


Directed by: Simone Manetti, produced by: David Perluigi (Loft Produzioni Srl), Luca Motta (Loft Produzioni Srl), Cosetta Lagani (Salice Production)

ILONA (Feature doc) Italy, Hungary, USA

Directed by: Alessandro Galluzzi, produced by: Chiara Salvo (Scarlett Produzioni)

JESUS GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (TV One-off) Switzerland

Directed by: Norbert Busè, produced by: Corinna Dästnr (DokLab GmbH)

Mia (Feature doc) Italy

Directed by: Enrico Maisto, produced by: Riccardo Annoni (Start)


Directed by: Luca Rea, produced by: Domenico Procacci (Fandango S.p.A)

NEAR LIGHT (Docuseries) Italy, UK

Directed by: Niccolò Salvato, produced by: Mara Cracaleanu (Melancholia Pictures)

OCEAN DRIVE (Feature doc) Italy

Directed by: Jesus Garcès Lambert, produced by: Alessandro Lostia (Indigo Stories Srl)

PRICE OF HISTORY (Future doc) Armenia

Directed by: Vardan Hovhannisyan, produced by: Vardan Hovhannisyan (Bars Media)

ROME UNDERGROUND (TV One-Off) France, Italy, Canada

Directed by: Laurent Portes, produced by: Olivier Mille (Artline Films), Massimo My (MyMax), Josette Normandeau (Idéacom International)

(Feature doc) Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Directed by: Ryan Sidhoo, produced by Ryan Sidhoo (Spirit of 84 Films LTD)

WAITING FOR FRÄNK (Feature doc) Luxembourg

Directed by: Désirée Nosbusch, produced by Alexandra Hoesdorff (Deal Productions)