FNE at the Verzió Film Festival 2021: Verzió launches Places to B Fest Network

BUDAPEST: Verzió International Human Rights Film Festival (Budapest, Hungary), Fipadoc International Documentary Film Festival (Biarritz, France) and Biografilm festival (Bologna, Italy) are launching a new network, Places in B – Biarritz, Bologna, Budapest. The festival runs until November 14, 2021 in Budapest and online from November 15 to 21.

The three festivals, all led by women, share an interest in contemporary European creative documentary films and support each other in producing sustainable and diverse international film festival events. These festivals also share a common interest in nurturing emerging European talent, with a particular focus on female directors.

The festival calendar – Verzió takes place in November, Fipadoc in January and Biografilm in June – offers the opportunity for greater cooperation and will allow film talents, who can develop their projects with the support of workshops organized by the festival, to present their work throughout the year.

Christine Camdessus (festival director / Fipadoc), Leena Pasanen (artistic director / Biografilm) and Stefano Tealdi (pitching expert, head of studies / Biografilm) support the DocLab and the Verzió pitch workshop by participating in the selection process, by supervising projects and moderating public pitch sessions. The winning Verzio DocLab project will be invited to pitch at the Bio to B – Industry Days during the Biografilm festival in June, and one of the projects pitched at the Bio to B – Industry Days will be awarded travel, accommodation and free access to Industry Days of Fipadoc. .

Verzió DocLaB is the first of the network’s joint activities, and will be followed by a pitching forum, which will take place during the Verzió IHRDFF, with tutors from partner festivals.

Darcy J. Skinner

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