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AFAC & DOX BOX Announce first edition of Documentary Convention for April 2018

05 Mar, 2018 

The arab.european Documentary Convention gathers documentary professionals and decision-makers from around the globe in its first edition in Leipzig. International Associates of the edition are DOK Leipzig, IDFA Bertha Fund and the Sundance Institute.


The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and DOX BOX e.V., Germany announced today the launch of the first arab.european Documentary Convention (aDC). An annual meeting of international practitioners and decision-makers in documentary, aDC is designed to foster connectivity, spark critical debate and ignite change. The first edition is set to take place April 12-14th at the Mediencampus Villa Ida in Leipzig, Germany. International associate partners of the first edition are DOK Leipzig, IDFA Bertha Fund and the Sundance Institute.


“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from partners, donors and documentary practitioners for the aDC”, says Rima Mismar,  Executive Director of  AFAC. “This enthusiasm confirms the need for spaces where the status quo of how the industry works is challenged  and critically debated. The aDC is intended as an annual meeting, and we are looking forward to a great start in the first edition in Leipzig 2018.”


The programme is built around five thematic paths that run in parallel with room to overlap and intersect, each co-curated with an international expert group. Topics on the agenda will be:

  • Ethics of co-production
  • Documentary distribution in challenging times
  • Measurements for diversity and representation
  • Ownership and right of Use: Arab-region documentary heritage


Participants and experts from across the Arab region, Europe and beyond will engage with these topics in workshops, debates, panels, discussions, presentation and case studies, in addition to roughcut and public screenings.


“The first edition is gathering some of the greatest masters in our documentary film field today,  from enriching and diverse sub-sectors and practices. Everyone is rolling up their sleeves and is determined to bring around results.,’ says Diana El Jeiroudi, General Director of DOX BOX.


Her colleague and aDC-Manager Marion Schmidt adds: ‘We are currently confirming experts, inspiring keynote speakers, experienced moderators and facilitators and will soon announce the full programme and speakers.”


Among the growing list of international facilitators and speakers are representatives of training initiatives, TV stations, financiers, distribution and production companies as well as festival heads, academics and filmmakers to represent all facets of the industry. Signed-up attendees include Bruni Burres, Sundance Documentary Program, USA; Brigid O’Shea, Head of Industry at DOK Leipzig, Germany; Claas Danielsen, General Manager of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH, Germany; Orwa Nyrabia, Artistic Director of IDFA, the Netherlands; Mohanad Yaqubi, producer and academic from Palestine; Rasha Salti, programme editor,  Arte France and Serra Ciliv, The New Film Fund Turkey.


Registration is now open for the aDC’18 in Leipzig. To learn more about the convention and how to be part of it explore our website documentary-convention.org, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or contact the organising committee at documentary.convention@documentary-convention.org.


For media and PR requests contact Marion Schmidt:

marion@documentary-convention.org, +49 (0) 30-40751907.


About AFAC

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC was established in 2007 by local cultural lobbyists in response to a total absence of independent local institutional and financial support for arts and culture in the Arab region. The aim of AFAC is to support creativity, production, circulation and research in arts and culture through grant-making; to accompany artists and cultural institutions with specialized mentorship programs in under-developed genres; to enhance networking and collaboration among practitioners; and to cultivate philanthropy for arts and culture. Active  in  22  Arab  countries  and  the  diaspora,  AFAC  supports  annually  around 150 individuals and organizations in the fields of film, creative and critical writings, music, performing arts, visual arts, documentary photography, research and training and regional events. AFAC has a grants program dedicated to documentary film and has supported more than 115 films over the past years.



DOX BOX is a non-for-profit organisation supporting the advancement of documentary culture and industry in the Arab World through non-traditional programs. Established in 2014 in Berlin, the organisation aspires to contribute to a prospering documentary community from the Arab World and in relation to Europe and internationally DOX BOX programs include online education, pedagogic production, film archive, research, publication, grant-making and policy-making.​  DOX BOX e.V. in Berlin is a transition from the International documentary film festival of the same name, that took place in Syria from 2008 – 2011.

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