Visions du Réel invites you to a DOC CONVERSATION
At the Berlinale "Meet the Docs", EFM White Room
Tuesday 14 February 2017, 16:00–17:00
Creative producing: the hybrid essay film A House in Ninh Hoa
Merle Kröger, producer at pong GmbH (Berlin) will talk about A House in Ninh Hoa (2016) by Philip Widmann & Nguyen Phuong-Dan, and reveal how this portrait of the everyday life of inhabitants in the small Vietnamese town of Ninh Hoa has been developed, produced and distributed. pong stands for the production of creative documentaries on the border of the arts – films in which the filmmakers' aesthetic and/or political positions are explicitly expressed. What are the editorial criteria and financial implications involved in such a production stance?
pong's productions include award-winning documentaries The Halfmoon Files, Revision and Havarie by Philip Scheffner, hybrid documentaries Peace Mission and DramaConsult by Dorothee Wenner, Alex Gerbaulet's widely known short experimental Shift.
Merle Kröger has expertise not only as producer but also as scriptwriter and novelist. Besides being the co-author of some of the Scheffner fims, she has written screenplays with Indian filmmaker Onir, and has published four novels, awarded with the German Crime Literature Award in 2013 and 2016. Since 2007 she works for Berlinale Talents (Doc and Script Station). Since 2011 she is co-director, mentor and lecturer at the Professional Media Master Class for Documentary Film in Halle (Saale), Germany.
Moderated by Luciano Barisone (Visions du Réel, Artistic Director) and Gudula Meinzolt (Visions du Réel, Head of Doc Outlook – International Market).
How to get to the EFM White Room?
Free entry to all Berlinale accredited professionals
Access to Lounge via Martin-Gropius-Bau (Niederkirchnerstraße 7)
Via Main Entrance: Take the elevator from the lobby to the 2nd floor. Then go straight and pass the American Independents and Meet the Docs stalls. After the glass door turn right and take the stairs up to the EFM White Room to your left.
Contact: Gudula Meinzolt, firstname.lastname@example.org, +41 79 962 29 70
Visions du Réel representatives at the Berlinale
Claude Ruey (President), Luciano Barisone (Artistic Director), Gudula Meinzolt (Head of DOCM), Emilie Bujès (Deputy Artistic Director) and Florian Pfingsttag (DOCM Coordinator). Looking forward to meeting you!