The dedicated people behind the Russian documentary site miradox.ru takes one step further and launches DOXPRO. Ludmila Nazaruk and her colleagues in St. Petersburg targets professionals with the ambition to integrate Russian documentary in European cultural space, to develop a cooperation between Russia and European professionals and to increase the number of Russian documentaries on an international level, produced in co-production with European partners.
Nazaruk puts it like this: ”Every year in Russia more than 3000 non-fiction films are produced, more than 400 of them have state financial support, but only 5-7 films end up on the international market. For Russia it is disastrously low. Real co-productions, that bring together broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, distributors, cable channels, IT-platforms (Video-on-demand, Pay per view), we do not see.
DOXPRO intends to become a business platform for the interaction of Russian and foreign documentary, to form long-term international cultural and economic ties, and create favorable conditions for realization of joint projects in the field of documentary filmmaking. Analogues of such programs to date in Russia do not exist.”
Each year DOXPRO will include seminars, trainings, master classes and pitching sessions, where filmmakers can approach interested European partners.
The first seminar will be held in St. Petersburg from 12 to 14 November 2009 in the premises of the Danish Cultural Institute, conducted by this blogwriter, Tue Steen Müller. The seminar is supported by The Danish Cultural Institute, the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, The Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers, The Institute of Finland in St. Petersburg, St Petersburg Union of Filmmakers and the International Film Festival ”Message to Man”.