PARTICIPATING IN DISTRIBUTION AND PROMOTION
Documentary production wouldn’t be meaningful if the films produced were never seen. Seeking a diverse audience is at the heart of Docmonde’s distribution programme.
Festivals are often the first springboards for films, enabling the filmmakers and producers to be recognised by moviegoers and professionals. Docmonde’s reputation has permitted the construction of a large network of partners in Europe and each of the territories where Docmonde operates. The Etats Généraux du Film documentaire in Lussas is the founding festival partner, creating an Africadoc section in 2003, renamed Docmonde since 2014. Other partnerships have been set up giving visibility to films around Europe (Festival Millenium in Brussels, Dok Leipzig…) but most of all in the film makers’ native countries: Festival Golden Apricot (Armenia), Flahertiana (Russia), FIFAC (French Guiana)…
Docmonde has additionally overseen the setting-up of major events that prioritise the screening of films developed in their programmes: The Rencontres Sobate created by Africadoc Burkina in Ouagadougou in 2009 and the Saint-Louis Documentary film festival in Senegal, initiated and supported by Docmonde from 2014 to 2017.
Many other distribution initiatives have enabled films to be seen all over the world, starting with creenings organised during the Docmonde screen writing workshops Occasionally open to the public, they encourage the mixing of diverse views and opinions so dear to Docmonde. Of course
cinemas remain the ideal place to screen films and Docmonde-member producers do this regularly, during the Mois du film documentaire – Documentary film month – in France, as well as throughout the year often in partnership with international associations.
TV channels are also fundamental to Docmonde’s activities. They often commit to the filmmakers and their producers right from the development phase. TV channels are also essential in reaching a large audience through their digital platforms on the internet. Online broadcasting is currently being developed worldwide and Docmonde has been a partner of the online platform Tënk from its conception, with a section Docmonde that offers a selection of films accompanied by Docmonde.
In keeping with its goal, from creation to screening, Docmonde continues to develop and nurture new partnerships that offer the filmmakers audiences in their home countries as well as the rest of the world. These audiences bring life to the films and in turn experience unique and moving creations.