The MIPDoc International Pitch is the annual competition open to all creators and producers looking for financing partners to develop their factual programming projects. The 6 best will be pitched live in front of an international panel of commissioning editors and broadcasters. The live pitch session will gather an international audience of producers, distributors and journalists from around the world.
New: Entrants can also upload their projects onto MIPDoc’s IndieGogo crowd funding platform offering a unique opportunity to find new investors online.
2012 Selected projects:
-An Honest Liar - Production Company : Left Turn Films, USA
An Honest Liar chronicles the career and crusades of the world-famous magician James “The Amazing” Randi as he exposes the frauds perpetrated by psychics, mentalists, preachers and faith healers.
Going behind the scenes with the 83-year-old Randi as he orchestrates his latest undercover debunking mission, the fi lm reveals how easily our perceptions can be fooled - by magicians, con artists, and even documentaries.
-Homo Touristicus - Production Company: ROCHE Productions, France
Skillfully shot, this documentary is a fresh, informative and enlightening journey among the actors of the fi rst global industry: tourists! Playing with the narrative codes of wildlife documentary,
Homo Touristicus brightly examines the behavior of various specimens having a good time in one of their favorite habitat: Ibiza. Through the eyes of social science experts (anthropologists, historians, sociologists, philosophers…), the island is, indeed, the ideal laboratory for analyzing tourists: When did they appear? How have they evolved through the ages? How do they adapt to their environment and coexist altogether? Like it or not, we have all become Homo Touristicus!
-Maiko’s Dance - Production Company: Sant & Usant Documentary Film., Norway
The talented Japanese prima ballerina Maiko is on top of her career. But inevitable changes threatens to ruin her success. Will she ever dance Swan Lake again?
-The Afghan Warriors - Production Company: Making DOC Producciones S.L., Spain
The Afghan Warriors, Making DOC Producciones’s new documentary directed by Juan Antonio Moreno.
Ten years after the fall of the Taliban regime, Afghan women still suffer from sexism and intolerance but some of them have decided to challenge the traditions: they are sportswomen and they will represent Afghanistan at the London 2012 Olympics. They all know that this could be their only - and last - opportunity to participate.
The documentary will show this participation and the stories of women that fi ght for their rights in Afghanistan. It will portray the world of Afghan women through the eyes of these female warriors.
-The King of Mont Ventoux - Production Company: Associate Directors cvba, Belgium
The King of Mont Ventoux is a thrilling competition in a live-like broadcast bringing fi ve cycling heroes together in an imaginary race beyond the boundaries of time. Crossing the verge of sports, the documentary explores the extraordinary evolution of competitive cycling over the last 40 years. Who will become the king of the Mont Ventoux? Merckx, Bernard, Virenque, Pantani or Garate?
Starting up in spring 2013 with the upcoming 100th edition of the Tour the France a 360° transmedia experience combining different platforms, guides the audience from passive viewing to an active challenge. Become the king yourself.
-The New Plastic Road - Production Company: Filmografik Productions, Greece
Tajikistan has been the poorest of the former Soviet States but it also has the poorest state of roads with limited external transportation links and with infrastructure weaknesses, which hinder development. A connection to China has been the hope and expectation for a prosperous development for Tajikistan, notably for the people of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, for close to a decade. Unlike the rest of Tajikistan, Badakhshan remains in geographical isolation from the capital Dushanbe, almost throughout the year due to snowfalls, landslides and flooding. This is one of the landscapes where our two main characters meet and interact within their everyday life. Davlat is the Tajik merchandiser, a father of three children, who since the opening of the border between China and Tajikistan has made a fortune out of the exchange of goods. Liu is the single Chinese truck driver who transports the goods from China to Tajikistan and the opening of the borders has opened a new door to his daily life.
In 2004 China opened its doors to Tajikistan by reconstructing the road between Murghab and the Qulma pass on the borders, with the intention of expanding relations but also to promote commerce
between the two countries. This exchange of goods and cultures is the subject of our story.