Docs Port Incheon 2015 closed in great success
receiving favorable comments from Korean and international industry professionals.
“Fantastic projects and wonderful organizing" (BBC, Nick Fraser)
● New directors such as KANG Sang-woo for Mr. Kim, MA Min-ji for Family in the Bubble and LEE Ko-woon for Host Nation made great strides in the market.
● International commissioning editors, Korean film industries, and broadcasters gave good comments on Docs Port Incheon.
● Total 4 programs including the newly established section ‘Global Pitch’ revealed 39 documentary projects from Korea, Asia and Europe.
● Approximately 600 professionals and 200 companies and organizations regarding film, broadcasting and documentary participated in Docs Port Incheon 2015.
● Approximately 280 one-on-one meetings were successfully done.
● Various programs including pitching, round tables and ‘Decision Makers’ Guide’ expanded the networking opportunity for Korean and international documentary experts.
Docs Port Incheon 2015 ended in great success with favorable reviews by Korean and international documentary industry insiders, after it was held for 4 days from October 30 to November 2 at Paradise Hotel Incheon.
Docs Port Incheon was launched as a documentary pitching forum for Korean projects in 2013, and last year it had the name of Docs Port Incheon as an Asian documentary project market. This year’s market is only the second event, but 600 industry insiders including the influential decision makers from all over the world participated in this market. This proves that Docs Port Incheon became a representative project market in Asia in a short period of time.
On October 29, a day before the main event started, the international project holders joined the intensive training program. After Rough Cut Sales Presentation started on the 30th of October, K-Pitch, A-Pitch and Global Pitch were open over 4 days and total 39 documentary projects from all over the world were revealed.
With enthusiastic pitches and Q&A sessions so as to introduce their projects to the decision makers including Korean and international investors, distributors, broadcasters and others, the project holders had their time to discuss specific and practical possibility of business through intensive meetings. Besides, Docs Port Incheon’s well-prepared biz talk programs including Decision Makers’ Guide, International Co-production Conference encouraged active exchanges between participants. It was through ‘Showcase’ that they could also have a chance to watch the completed projects among the ones that Docs Port Incheon introduced last year.
Last day on November 2, the winners for 11 sections including in-kind supports were announced at the awards ceremony. The Best Korean Project went to Mr. Kim by director KANG Sang-woo and the Best Asian Project was given to Confucian Dream by director Mijie Li. Each director received 30 million KRW for production. The Best Rough Cut Projects sponsored by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning went to Le Tour, the memories of a forgotten dream by directors LIM Jung-ha, KIM Yang-rae, PARK Hyung-joon and JEON Il-woo.
The newly established Global Pitch section awards two best projects, and the Best Global Project was awarded to MBC’s Into the Future and Why Foundation’s Why Slavery?. Shadow Flowers by director Yi Seung-jun got a Special Mention from the juries, who drew attention emphasizing the necessity of international co-production.
Time after Time by director PARK Hyuck-jee won the CGV Arthouse Award with the production support of 20 million KRW, and Host Nation by director LEE Ko-woon and Absent without Leave by LAU Kek Huat won the Doc Spirit Award given to a project full of documentary spirit. The Best Young Korean Director’s Project went to Family in the Bubble by director MA Min-ji, who won the three project awards for production support in 2015 from Jeonju International Film Festival, Seoul International Women’s Film Festival and Docs Port Incheon.
International partners also gave two awards; ASD (Asian Side of the Doc) Award went to the A-Pitch project The Day After directed by LEE Seung-ku and produced by HAN Kyung-soo, and Docedge Award went to the K-Pitch project Mr. Kim. These two projects have received the opportunity to join each market next year.
Likewise, new documentary filmmakers made great advances this year, and it is a known fact that the projects Mr. Kim and Family in the Bubble received many meaningful and specific suggestions after overwhelmingly numerous business meetings with Korean and international professionals. In addition, many projects in K-Pitch including Host Nation by LEE Ko-woon and Becoming Who I Was by MOON Chang-yong are being offered many suggestions from various fields.
Director LEE Hyuk-sang of Two Doors 2, the winner of the Best Korean Project in 2014 worked as a committee member of project selection and an MC for the closing ceremony this year. LEE mentioned, “Docs Port Incheon is an uncommon chance and valuable time to present our projects to international documentary experts, to receive their advice and to exchange with numerous documentary makers. Regardless of winning awards, you will be able to have and feel many things from this market.” He also made a request, adding, “Docs Port Incheon, please be a great supporter for more filmmakers for a long time.”
Visiting Incheon for the first time, BBC Storyville’s commissioning editor Nick Fraser commented, “Both the projects and the market are faultless. Fantastic!” DR TV’s Mette Hoffmann Meyer also mentioned with a surprise, “It is incredible that all the projects in Korean and Asian documentary pitching section have high qualities.” Also, Nilotpal Majumdar, the director of Docedge Kolkata said " Docs Port Incheon is the best forum where Asian/Korean filmmakers talk about their own films, own passion and excellently organised respectable platform of cinema... giving documentary a dignified identity, adding voice to young filmmakers!!" Meanwhile, Mr. CHOI Jae-yoo the second Vice-Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning said at the closing ceremony, “I, here, felt that Docs Port Incheon is an imperatively necessary market for documentary’s development, the fundamental field of film and video industry.” He also expressed his will to actively support and to cooperate with this market. Executive Manager of Incheon Film Commission KANG Seok-pil pointed out, “A documentary project market is still unfamiliar in Korea. But we will agonize over the way of establishing the market with stability. We won’t settle for the present.” He also wished more documentary producers and industry insiders could have positive interest in the market.
Like above, Docs Port Incheon is the market with a new concept supporting customized business service for documentary projects in each genre and each stage, and from all over the world. This is Korea’s only documentary project market supporting all things around of a project on every stage from planning to distribution. You can check out the 2015 list of awards and in-kind support on our official website, and for more details, contact the office of Docs Port Incheon 2015.
Contact: Docs Port Incheon 2015 at 82-32-435-7172 and www.idocs-port.org
* List of Winners of Docs Port Incheon 2015 http://goo.gl/7UsRuw