Docs in Progress Terms & Conditions – Edition 2019

Docs in Progress

Docs in Progress, as part of Visions du Réel Industry, presents about eight films in their finishing stage. After an online pitch preparation, the visual material is screened to film professionals exclusively (festival representatives, funds supporting post-production, post-production facilities, distributors, TV buyers, etc.) attending Visions du Réel. A networking coffee and individual meetings will follow the presentation.

The aim of this activity is to allow the projects’ holders to find suitable partners to go into and/or finalise post-production, to look for distribution, festivals, sales, TVs, etc.

There is no registration or participation fee for this activity.

Selection criteria

We are looking for singular and original films, that combine artistic ambition and high visual quality. We are interested in presenting a wide spectrum of practices and approaches. The projects should be intended as creative documentaries with theatrical potential on international markets and should address an international audience. They may be the work of an experienced or emerging director, based anywhere in the world. 


Docs in Progress will take place during the Festival Visions du Réel on Tuesday 9 April 2019 (tbc).

Each film crew will introduce the film with a short pitch: starting with an introduction to the film, the teams will announce which scenes are going to be shown. Ideally, these short excerpts should be as representative as possible of the whole film. Then it will be explained which stage the film project has reached, what still needs to be done and what the team is actually looking for. Afterwards, some further visual material will be screened, followed by a few questions by the moderator. 

After the presentation of all the projects, one-to-one meetings with professionals (festivals, distributors, buyers, etc.) as well as with marketing and distribution experts will be arranged.

The selected projects will be published and sent by e-mail to film professionals before the Festival. During the Festival, the information will be available in printed form.

A list of the professionals attending the Festival will be available two weeks before the Festival.

How to apply?

Please submit your project online in English. Longer texts such as treatment etc. may be sent in French, German, Italian, Spanish. Please send us a protected link to view the visual material (preferably) online. Please, provide the whole rough cut. 

There is no registration or participation fee for this activity. However, travel, hotel and meals have to be covered by the teams. We are happy to assist you on logistics. 

The selected projects will get two free Industry accreditations and additional accreditations at a reduced fee (allowing access all film screenings at the festival and the Media Library online as well as most Industry networking and training activities; some may require a personal invitation).

Application Deadline

The registration form online must be completed and the visual material uploaded until the:

  • Deadline no. 1: 15 October 2018
  • Deadline no. 2: 14 December 2018

The first deadline will lead to the selection of a first group of projects. We encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready in order to have more chance of a selection. 

The last selected projects will be notified in February 2019.

Visions du Réel requires the VdR logo to be taken up in the credits of the film once finalized. The following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list: “(film title) has been presented at Docs in Progress 2019 at Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon”

Contact & Information

Gudula Meinzolt, Head of Industry,, Tel. : +41 22 365 44 55

Participation in the section Docs in Progress implies acceptance of these regulations. 

The organisers reserve the right to change the rules and regulations or processes at any time and without notification.

Nyon, 27 August 2018