Docs-in-Progress

Discover the 2021 projects!

Each year, Cannes Docs partners with a number of festivals and organizations from all over the world to showcase curated selections of docs-in-progress in finalization stage, aiming to hit the circuit within a few weeks or months. These showcases of docs-in-progress are primarily designed for decision makers looking for fresh new titles, in particular festival programmers and sales agents. The projects are also generally in search of post-production funding or general gap financing, and sometimes still open to co-production opportunities.

All the showcases are composed of four projects, each presented in the form of a pitch and a 10-minute excerpt of the rough cut.

This year, all the showcases will be presented both onsite in a Marché du Film screening room (9-12 July) and online via our marchedufilm.online platform (6-9 July). The awards will be revealed on Doc Day, 13 July.

PRESENTING PARTNERS 2021

Showcase Canada Showcase Canada Telefilm Canada, in partnership with RIDM (The Montreal International Documentary Festival) and in collaboration with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, is proud to showcase Canadian talent in Cannes. Canada’s long tradition of nurturing creative documentary is reflected in these four film projects, representing the diversity of Canadian stories. All are at the final stages of production and ready for distribution opportunities.

Showcase Chile This year Chile comes to Cannes Doc with a group of incredible emerging filmmakers with different points of view but with a connection for memory and social issues. Today Chilean documentary cinema is going through one of its best moments and the Chilean delegation in Marché du film proposes to encourage its creators to find partners who continue that path. Chile's presence at Cannes Doc is organized by Chiledoc, financed by ProChile and the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage.

Showcase CIRCLE CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is an exclusive training program for female-identifying documentary filmmakers who are seeking support to develop their films and professional skills. Through three tailor-made modules participants work with experts in order to advance their projects, understand the existing ecosystem and prepare for the future. CIRCLE emerged from the need to find a new model for a sustainable network, one that enhances professional collaborations and their longevity by nourishing solidarity.

Showcase Italy Festival dei Popoli - International Documentary Film Festival and Torino Film Festival, in collaboration with Toscana Film Commission and Piemonte Film Commission, delighted to renew their collaboration to showcase Italian talents in Cannes.The two long-lived festivals, the most important and representative in Italy for documentary film, promote and spread creative documentary cinema, proposing themselves as a meeting point and space for discussion and deepening. In Cannes Docs both festivals will present four documentary works in progress by young Italian directors.

Showcase Palestine Palestine Film Institute (PFI) is a voluntary, non-profit, independent association based in Palestine and Belgium since March 2021. The PFI was born from a shared desire among active film professionals, who identify themselves as Palestinians, to create an inclusive body with the mission to develop, promote and empower the community and film industry of Palestine and preserve its cinema.

Showcase ParisDOC ParisDOC is the professional platform of Cinéma du réel, International Documentary Film Festival in Paris. The ParisDOC WIPs are designed to actively support the distribution, promotion and exhibition of feature-length documentaries at a key stage in their production process. We are proud to present 4 works-in-progress, French and international, ready for selection and sale, selected in accordance with Cinéma du réel's desire to promote the diversity of documentary narratives and forms.

Showcase Sheffield Through this showcase, DocFest presents outstanding new cinema from independent filmmakers and artists from across the globe. We seek to contribute to a wider visibility of diverse voices that offer a unique breath to the present and future of the art of film. We invite industry representatives interested in collaborations, partnerships and experimentation to connect with us and the filmmakers during Cannes and see excerpts from these amazing works-in-progress.

Showcase South Asia International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) is presenting four documentary films from South Asia in an advanced stage of production at Docs-in-Progress section. These films in their variety of subject matters and treatment indicate the amazing contrast and richness of lived lives in South Asia with nearly 2 billion people. IFIB has been working for a number of years to support stories from this part of the world to reach the wider audience.

The Docs-in-Progress Awards

Six prizes will be awarded to the winning docs-in-progress.

These prizes are comprised of: the Docs-in-Progress Award, in partnership with IEFTA – The International Emerging Film Talent Association, endowed with a €10,000 cash prize and professional long term project follow-up by IEFTA; the Think-Film Impact Award, consisting of a strategic impact workshop & an impact pitching coaching session; the DAE – Documentary association of Europe Award, offering a free membership and a rough cut consultation with one of its senior consultants, the Alphapanda Award, endowed with two exclusive consultations on film marketing & social media; the Cineli Digital Award, endowed with a professional DCP offered by Cineli Digital, Paris, France; and the VOSTAO Award, endowed with French and/or English subtitles offered by VOSTAO, Paris, France.

The 2021 Docs-in-Progress jury will be announced shortly. Last year’s jury was composed of Head of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries in Riga, Latvia, Zane Balčus; French-Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker and actress, Lina Soualem – and winner of the 2019 Docs-in-Progress Award with her project Their Algeria; and Impact & Workshop Manager at Nordisk Panorama, Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen.