MIA DOC, documentary division of MIA Market and DOK Leipzig, one the most prestigious documentary festival and markets in Europe, announce the beginning of a partnership that involves a direct and proficient collaboration starting already from the next edition in October.

The MIA Doc Pitching Forum and selection Italians Doc it Better, curated by the MIA Doc team directed by Marco Spagnoli, and DOK Industry Programme will enter a new exciting partnership, allowing up to two projects to participate both in the DOK Co-Pro Market and the MIA DOC Pitching Forum.

This is a new way to stimulate co-productions and cross-border collaboration, and give projects a unique platform to catalyse their opportunities, especially in this moment of crisis. Also, the project previews the sharing of creative and productive strategies and of the two countries regarding documentaries, a genre that has always been more interesting for the national and international industry for winning contests in the global market. In October, during MIA, the Dok Leipzig delegates will find Italian directors and producers to illustrate the interest in the documentary production. In December, in Leipzig an Italian delegation will also find the local colleagues.

“It’s a great honor to collaborate in an active and efficient way with such an important and prestigious market and festival ad Leipzig DOC”, Lucia Milazzotto, MIA Market Director concluded. “Our platform, which aims to support the whole Italian cinematographic and audiovisual system and to strengthen creative and industrial relations with international partners, continues the effort to insert Rome and MIA DOC in the center of the documentary productive universe and the international market, helping Italian documentaries in a vital way”.

“We are very happy to start this official collaboration with MIA after already having many colleagues from Italy attend the DOK Co-Pro Market and be included in and win the main prizes at the DOK Leipzig festival also. We feel a deep spiritual connection and are looking forward to harvest fruits of this pilot project in the future”, as declared by Brigid O’Shea, head of DOK Leipzig Industry.