On May 15, the Doc Day will offer a full-day event to reflect on the near future of documentary and to listen to filmmakers in selection talk about their work.

16 Sunrises - ©Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff

9:30AM to 12:00PM

Plage du Gray d’Albion, La Croisette, Cannes


Welcoming Café & Croissants

Opening words by Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director, Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes and Christophe Tardieu, Directeur Général Délégué, CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée


Opening Keynote by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet - a filmmaker in space.

One year after his 6-month mission on the International Space Station, he will discuss Europe’s exciting ongoing programs that go even beyond 2001: A Space Odyssey’s visionary promises. With a presentation of the multi-format documentary project about his mission in space.


Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape

Paul Pauwels, Director of European Documentary Network (EDN) introduces André Singer, Producer, Spring Films, to present EDN’s initiative: “Media & Society: European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape”..

Panel discussion: Renowned industry experts will be asked to contemplate the near future of the documentary field.. They will share their views on the 3 biggest challenges and 3 opportunities lying ahead for the industry and the filmmakers in the next 5 years..


Orwa Nyrabia, Artistic Director - IDFA

Fabrice Puchault, Director, Society and Culture Unit - ARTE

Tom Quinn, Founder, CEO - NEON

Diane Weyermann, President, Documentary Film & TV - PARTICIPANT MEDIA

Moderated by Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

Cassandro the Exotico! - ©Marie Losier

3:30PM to 5:30PM

Olympia Theatre, 5 rue de la Pompe, Cannes

Welcoming words by the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, followed by a presentation of the ‘L’Œil d’or’ Documentary Award by Julie Bertuccelli, President, LaScam

Filmmaker Marie Losier, in conversation with Catherine Bizern, Artistic Director, about her film Cassandro the Exotico! (in selection, Acid)


When Docs Get Animated: Exploring, Reviving & Preserving Memory

A conversation with Stefano Savona, Director of Samouni Road (in selection, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and Anja Kofmel, Director of Chris the Swiss (in selection, Semaine de la Critique), moderated by Stéphane Dreyfus, Journalist, La Croix.


Tribute to Alice Guy-Blaché, the first woman director in the history of cinema.

By Joan Simon, Co-Writer and Executive Producer of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, directed by Pamela B. Green (in selection, Cannes Classics).

6:00PM to 8:00PM

Plage des Palmes

Doc Lovers Mixer (by invitation)

The one-and-only networking cocktail for the doc community in Cannes.



Olympia Theatre, 5 rue de la Pompe, Cannes

Closing screening

16 Sunrises, a feature documentary by Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff about ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s mission in space, produced with the support of the European Space Agency..

On November 17th 2016, Thomas Pesquet takes off for his first mission in space. 450 kilometers from Earth, over six months during which the world seems to fade into the unknown, a dialogue is woven between the astronaut and Saint Exupéry’s visionary works which he took with him on the space station.


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