ParisDOC Works-in-Progress

A tailored platform to considerdiscuss and plan the career of your film !

The ParisDOC Works-in-Progress actively support the distribution, promotion and placement of feature documentaries by linking, at a key stage of the production process, project holders (filmmakers and producers) to industry professionals.

The works-in-progress are selected based on their compatibility with Cinéma du Réel’s vision of promoting diversity in storytelling, and have the opportunity to be screened once in Paris, in theatrical conditions, in front of a select audience of French and international experts: festival and TV programmers, sales agents, theatrical and digital distributors who play a relevant and strategic role in the distribution and placement of new films in the industry.

Each Works-in-Progress screening is followed by active discussions between producers and/or filmmakers and industry professionals, who will provide consultations, strategic advice, and a chance to establish working collaborations. These discussions times can take the form of a Q&A and/or one-to-one meetings, depending on the wishes and needs of the participants.

The ParisDOC Works-in-Progress are a unique opportunity for project holders to plan the career of their film in a creative environment, and for industry professionals to discover new and exciting projects during their final stages of production.

– you are a professional engaged in an activity related to film distribution and broadcast: festival and TV programmers, sales agents, theatrical and digital distributors. Contact us in order to participate in ParisDOC Works-in-Progress 2019:

– you are a project holder: director and/or producer, and want to submit to ParisDOC Works-in-Progress 2018. Please click here to fill in the online submission form.

Projects submissions open from December 03, 2018 to February 01, 2019

ParisDOC Works-in-Progress 2019 :

6th édition

March 19 and 20, 2019


Download the call for projects and requirements: here

Check out the 2018 ParisDOC Works-in-Progress selection: here

Download the catalog 2018: here

Launched in 2014 by Cinéma du réel, ParisDOC offers a series of events designed to engage professionals, support their needs, and encourage meetings and networking.

The Works-in-Progress, the Public Forum, the Matinales, and the various round tables are conceived as facilitators of projects : occasions for dynamic exchanges, with a perspective of development for the documentary cinema, from its production to its distribution.

ParisDOC is also a professional video library in open access and four days of conviviality, a unique opportunity for French and international professionals to meet, exchange and launch new projects.

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ParisDOC Works-in-Progress 2019

– 6° Edition –


Submit your work-in-progress between December 3rd and February 1st


Looking for a festival plan, sales, theatrical, digital or TV distribution for your upcoming creative documentary? Register to ParisDOC Works-in-Progress! The call for projects is open from December 03, 2018 to February 01, 2019.

Created in 2014, ParisDOC 2 days of work-in-progress screenings actively support the distribution, promotion and placement of feature-documentaries by connecting project holders to industry professionals.

ParisDOC Works-in-Progress represent a unique opportunity to plan the career of a film in a creative environment.

Industry professionals have the chance to discover new and exciting projects at a key stage of their production process.

The 6th edition of ParisDOC Works-in-Progress will take place during the Cinéma du réel film festival, on March 19 and 20, 2019.

Find out the selection requirements and process: here.

To fill in the ParisDOC Works-in-Progress 2019 submission form: please click here.

Thursday March 21, 9h30-18h00, Forum des Images

For its 41st edition, Cinéma du réel festival is focusing its Public Forum for documentary professionals on the theme: “Territoriality of funding, territoriality of content”.

In the 2000s, mainly thanks to the CNC’s incentive-based policy, French regional territories became the levers crucial to the existence of various films, production companies and directors and technicians not based in Paris. And the regions are now firmly established in the national and international landscape.

The emergence of these new actors and new practices constituted a fundamental shift that has upended some of the habits of the profession and its representatives. Today, with the restructuring of French regional authorities, this shift has accelerated even more, and most of the regional territories have had to redefine their policy in support of the cinema and audio-visual creation. 

What specific difficulties do authors and producers encounter with territorial-based funding? When deciding which films to support, how can the right balance be found between prioritising the subject and attaching value to the work of creation? What ways forward exist to achieve better complementarity between funding and content when the framework of documentary production is territorialised?

The common goal of this Public Forum day is to question the relationship between audio-visual creation and the regional territories, and compare notions as fundamental as centralism with regard to the economic, geographic and cultural specifics of each territory.

9h30-10h00 I Introduction

Julie Paratian (producer, President of the board Les Amis du Cinéma du réel)

Catherine Bizern (General delegate and Artistic director, Cinéma du réel)

10h00-13h00 I Panorama

modéré par/moderated by : Cyril Smet (Cinema Delegate, SPI)

1st part:

– Céline Dréan (director – member in Bretagne)

– Jean-Baptiste Fribourg (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes – producer – member of the APPAA)

– Marie Dumoulin (Hauts de France – producer – President of the board RHIZOM)

– Gabrielle Schaff (Normandie – director, President of the board of ARNO)

2nd part:

– SCAM : Nicolas Mazars (Director of Legal and Institutional Affairs)

– CICLIC : Pierre Dallois (head Pôle création) -to be confirmed

– Région Hauts de France : Malika Aït Gherbi Palmer (President of the board, Pictanovo)

– Région Pays de Loire : Olivier Brumelot (Channel and program Delegate, France 3)

– Région Nouvelle Aquitaine : Eric Correia (Elected member for Culture) – to be confirmed

14h00-16h30 I Case studies

moderated by : Alexandre Cornu (producer, Les Films du Tambour de Soie, President of the board EURODOC)

Game Girls by Alina Skrzeszewska (France-Allemagne/Germany, 2018)

with Jean-Laurent Csinidis (producer, Films de Force Majeure) – Sortie salle 21 novembre 2018 – projet présenté en partenariat avec/ project presented in partnership with EURODOC

Brise-Lames by Hélène Robert et Jérémy Perrin (France, 2019)

avec Hélène Robert (director), Jean-Baptiste Fribourg (producer, La Société des Apaches) et Patricia Limoge (In charge of Cinema-Audiovisual Mission in the Documentary Sector Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Samouni Road by Stefano Savona (France, Italy, 2018)

with Stefano Savona (director), Penelope Bortoluzzi (producer Picofilms), Cécile Lestrade (coproducer Alter Ego production) 

16h30-18h00 Echange avec le CNC

with Julien Neutres (Director of Creation, Territories and Audiences, CNC)

moderated by : Régis Sauder (director) et Colette Quesson (producer, A Perte de Vue productions)