Thursday 20 April 2017

The Patrouille des Glaciers, a military ski mountaineering race open to civilians, is the most severe mountain event that exists. Having taken part,...

  • Frédéric Favre
2017, Switzerland, 106′
World premiere

The Patrouille des Glaciers, a military ski mountaineering race open to civilians, is the most severe mountain event that exists. Having taken part,...

  • Frédéric Favre
2017, Switzerland, 106′
World premiere

Friday 21 April 2017

Easter Island is the second-most remote island from a continent in the world, after the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. It is located in the Pacific...

  • Tiziana Panizza
2017, Chile, 104′
World premiere

Tuxpan, a town located in the State of Veracruz, is the closest commercial port to Mexico City. It is home not only to several wheats, corn, and soya...

  • Jose Álvarez
2016, Mexico, 80′
International premiere

In Georgia, in the tiny Didube bus station, characters flow into Niko's veterinarian pharmacy. They are not really customers, some of them come in by...

  • Shorena Tevzadze
2017, Georgia, Switzerland, 64′
World premiere

In a village, near Parma, rows of white plastic chairs are being set up in a field. Musical ball fans will soon be rushing to the entrance to listen to...

  • Alessandro Stevanon
2017, Italy, 75′
World premiere

In Xiamen, in eastern China, a copy of Cadaqués, Salvador Dalì's village, has been constructed. Built in a foggy bay, the replica of the original...

  • Lluís Galter
2016, Spain, Switzerland, 86′
International premiere
14:00

Media Library

Duration: until 20:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

“He saw straightway that I wasn't from here, and that amused him, like the proof that another world existed.” Vladimir Vladimirovitch, “Volodia”,...

  • Stéphane Breton
2014, France, 90′

"The Mutan tree, well we say tree, but originally it's a liana that uses the tree to climb. And its grasp ends up killing the tree." In Sarawak, one of...

  • Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson
2017, France, Switzerland, 87′
World premiere

A small child runs around inside a house, with luminous devil horns on his head: these first images echo the devil's lair that gives the film its...

  • Riaan Hendricks
2013, South Africa, 82′
Swiss premiere

The Crimean Tatars, deported on the orders of Stalin at the end of the Second World War today find themselves once again chased out of their region by...

  • Aniela Astrid Gabryel
2016, Poland, 66′
Swiss premiere

For a long time, Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés have attended a school for children with Down syndrome. In this protected environment, which their...

  • Maite Alberdi
2016, Chile, Netherlands, France, 82′
Swiss premiere

For a long time, Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés have attended a school for children with Down syndrome. In this protected environment, which their...

  • Maite Alberdi
2016, Chile, Netherlands, France, 82′
Swiss premiere
22:00

Let's Dance!


Discover the "All Styles" music by TUCCOS & STIMOROL !

Saturday 22 April 2017

09:00

Media Library

Duration: until 20:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

The Patrouille des Glaciers, a military ski mountaineering race open to civilians, is the most severe mountain event that exists. Having taken part,...

  • Frédéric Favre
2017, Switzerland, 106′
World premiere

Tao and Dong promised each other they'd return to the village where the latter grew up, in Inner Mongolia, before following his family, who left to...

  • Tao Gu
2017, Canada, China, 124′
World premiere

Dobropolye is a town located in Eastern Ukraine: 70 km from the border where conflicts with the breakaway republics are raging on and people feel...

  • Veronika Glasunowa, Lukasz Lakomy
2017, Germany, 87′
World premiere
10:30

Prix RTS: Perspectives d'un Doc

Duration: until 13:00

Initiated by Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), this competition aims to promote creative documentary filmmaking in French-speaking Switzerland. 7 selected projects are presented.

10:30

Forum

Duration: 120'

A daily debate with filmmakers: the Forum is an informal discussion between directors and their audience, attended by the filmmakers who presented a film the previous day.

"The Mutan tree, well we say tree, but originally it's a liana that uses the tree to climb. And its grasp ends up killing the tree." In Sarawak, one of...

  • Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson
2017, France, Switzerland, 87′
World premiere

In Xiamen, in eastern China, a copy of Cadaqués, Salvador Dalì's village, has been constructed. Built in a foggy bay, the replica of the original...

  • Lluís Galter
2016, Spain, Switzerland, 86′
International premiere
13:00

Producers' soup

Duration: until 14:15

Come and share a soup with your fellow producer colleagues from different parts of Switzerland and the international community: input, networking and exchange.

Jonathan Katz strongly believes that candidate Bernie Sanders is the only hope for the United States of America threatened by Donald Trump. Sanders is...

  • Lionel Rupp, Michael David Mitchell
2017, Switzerland, 80′
World premiere

In a village, near Parma, rows of white plastic chairs are being set up in a field. Musical ball fans will soon be rushing to the entrance to listen to...

  • Alessandro Stevanon
2017, Italy, 75′
World premiere
14:30

Docs from the inside: "Hairy" by Anka Schmid

Duration: until 15:30

An invitation to share the very personal process of filmmaking from project development to shooting and editing, from within and during the process itself. Why did the filmmaker take certain decisions on the way, which options were left behind?

From Lviv to Odessa, from the Donbass to the Crimea, Vitaly Mansky paints a sprawling and very nuanced portrait of post-Maidan Ukraine, ripped apart by...

  • Vitaly Mansky
2016, Latvia, Germany, Estonia, Ukraine, 114′
Swiss premiere
15:00

Rough Cut Lab 1

Duration: until 18:00

Dedicated to teams of a first or second film in its final production stages, the Rough Cut Lab gives them coaching, expert advice and privileged access to decision makers. The idea is to assist filmmakers in finding the best way to finish their films. 

For a long time, Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés have attended a school for children with Down syndrome. In this protected environment, which their...

  • Maite Alberdi
2016, Chile, Netherlands, France, 82′
Swiss premiere

Sight, like other senses, is as much a matter of personal experience as of the absence of possible comparisons. How can we know what others see and in...

  • Manuel Von Stürler
2017, Switzerland, France, 84′
World premiere

The end of a civil war, the transition from a military dictatorship to democracy, the evolution and decadence of a country through the verses of Maung...

  • Petr Lom
2017, Netherlands, Norway, 81′
Swiss premiere
17:00

Held since 1983, the Spartathlon is a 246-km ultramarathon race following the identical route taken by an Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490 BC...

  • Balazs Simonyi
2017, Hungary, 81′
International premiere
17:30

David, alias “Niñato” (kid in Spanish), a young single father who is unemployed and an occasional rapper, lives with his parents, his child, his sister...

  • Adrián Orr
2017, Spain, 72′
World premiere
17:30

Cinéforom & Zürcher Filmstiftung

Duration: until 19:00

Cinéforom (the regional film support fund of the French-speaking part of Switzerland) and the Zurich Film Foundation are gathering to present during this aperitif the sphere of their operation in the field of the regional support of the audiovisual works and the statistical trends observed in 2016. 

A village in Calabria. Three youths, three families, three social classes. The same unchanging condition of expectation, despair, and the pain of...

  • Antonello Scarpelli
2017, Italy, Germany, 71′
World premiere
19:00

Musical event in Gland


Dance Party ! Movements and music with CENTRE IMPRO!

While his mother is fighting cancer, his sister announces that she is pregnant, and his father sets out to renovate the dining room, David Maye films....

  • David Maye
2017, Switzerland, 66′
World premiere

For a long time, the Bernese musician Stephan Eicher has suspected that he has Yenish roots, although the subject was never addressed by his parents....

  • Karoline Arn, Martina Rieder
2017, Switzerland, 93′
20:00

Generation – Students' Meeting

Duration: until 22:00

A Students' Meeting is organised as part of the Generation Programme for film students to meet each other.

This is the story of the first waves of Italian immigration to Switzerland. People threatened by the Schwarzenbach-Initiative. When signposts that read...

  • Olmo Cerri
2017, Switzerland, Italy, 93′
World premiere

For nine years, the director filmed the daily life of her family of farmers—Afrikaners, also known as Boers, the descendants of the white pioneers in...

  • Annalet Steenkamp
2013, South Africa, 94′
Swiss premiere

Every summer, when the major football teams fly their star athletes to training grounds in expensive and sunny locations, some other players meet on a...

  • Marco Kugel, Simon Quack
2017, Germany, 84′
World premiere
21:30

Musical event in Gland


Discover a beautiful concert of Gipsy Jazz with the band GADJO!

The Patrouille des Glaciers, a military ski mountaineering race open to civilians, is the most severe mountain event that exists. Having taken part,...

  • Frédéric Favre
2017, Switzerland, 106′
World premiere

Giallo Dozza is not your usual rugby team. Its team members are all inmates of Bologna's penitentiary. Max is their coach and he is a tough one. He...

  • Enza Negroni
2016, Italy, 76′
International premiere
22:00

Let's Dance!


QUESADILLAS JR. presents a Techno and Deep House session!

22:00

Let's Dance! @La Parenthèse


Visions du Réel and La Parenthèse are coming together to offer more music! Tonight with THE LEGENDARY LIGHTNESS (CH).

Sunday 23 April 2017

09:00

Media Library

Duration: until 20:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

Jonathan Katz strongly believes that candidate Bernie Sanders is the only hope for the United States of America threatened by Donald Trump. Sanders is...

  • Lionel Rupp, Michael David Mitchell
2017, Switzerland, 80′
World premiere
10:15

Ecumenical celebration

Duration: 60'

The reformed and catholic parishes of Nyon jointly invite the Jury Interreligieux and all interested parties, irrespective of their religion.

This is the story of the first waves of Italian immigration to Switzerland. People threatened by the Schwarzenbach-Initiative. When signposts that read...

  • Olmo Cerri
2017, Switzerland, Italy, 93′
World premiere
10:30

Forum

Duration: 120'

A daily debate with filmmakers: the Forum is an informal discussion between directors and their audience, attended by the filmmakers who presented a film the previous day.

10:30

How do I tell my story?

Duration: until 14:30

Tamara Trampe and Cornelia Klauss ask how we can reach the subjectivity with our material and develop a unique individual style. In this workshop dialogue, they distill the essence of their experience as filmmakers and dramatic advisers.

A village in Calabria. Three youths, three families, three social classes. The same unchanging condition of expectation, despair, and the pain of...

  • Antonello Scarpelli
2017, Italy, Germany, 71′
World premiere

Every summer, when the major football teams fly their star athletes to training grounds in expensive and sunny locations, some other players meet on a...

  • Marco Kugel, Simon Quack
2017, Germany, 84′
World premiere

Sight, like other senses, is as much a matter of personal experience as of the absence of possible comparisons. How can we know what others see and in...

  • Manuel Von Stürler
2017, Switzerland, France, 84′
World premiere
12:00

David, alias “Niñato” (kid in Spanish), a young single father who is unemployed and an occasional rapper, lives with his parents, his child, his sister...

  • Adrián Orr
2017, Spain, 72′
World premiere

While his mother is fighting cancer, his sister announces that she is pregnant, and his father sets out to renovate the dining room, David Maye films....

  • David Maye
2017, Switzerland, 66′
World premiere

Giallo Dozza is not your usual rugby team. Its team members are all inmates of Bologna's penitentiary. Max is their coach and he is a tough one. He...

  • Enza Negroni
2016, Italy, 76′
International premiere

Located on the île de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine, the Paris Law Court looks like an impenetrable fortress. Like Kafka's castle, it guards its...

  • Yamina Zoutat
2017, Switzerland, France, 87′
World premiere

“I wondered how, in a place where people are taking care of other people, the work itself could cause illness.” (JLM) In the surgical department of the...

  • Jérôme Le Maire
2016, France, Belgium, Switzerland, 83′
Swiss premiere
14:30

Market Consultancy

Duration: until 15:30

Learn how to promote your films, find a sales agent, define a distribution strategy or get to know the basics of the film industry from our international expert.

14:30

Virtual Reality: Case Studies & Round Table

Duration: until 17:30

Case studies and a discussion to explore what VR really brings to the table for documentary makers.

15:00

Rough Cut Lab 2

Duration: Until 18:00

Dedicated to teams of a first or second film in its final production stages, the Rough Cut Lab gives them coaching, expert advice and privileged access to decision makers. The idea is to assist filmmakers in finding the best way to finish their films. 

A farmer aged almost 90 years old lives with his cat on his farm, on the North German Baltic Sea. He has been looking after it by himself since his...

  • René Frölke, Ann Carolin Renninger
2017, Germany, 83′
International premiere

In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while at the same time their own houses at home are being shelled. The Lebanese war is...

  • Ziad Kalthoum
2017, Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, 85′
World premiere

In 2009, the bodies of dozens of migrants, who had been trying to reach Europe via the Canary Islands, were washed up by ocean currents onto a beach in...

  • Pierre-Alain Meier
2017, Switzerland, 87′
World premiere
16:30

Festivals in the Spotlight

Duration: until 18:00

Programmers tell their visions and selection criteria and explain how they observe and analyse local and international film production.

Aisku, Elsa and Alisa come from different family backgrounds. They are young girls with a passion for hobby horses: a game that is traditionally for...

  • Selma Vilhunen
2017, Finland, Sweden, 90′
International premiere
18:30

Magic Hour

Duration: until 19:30

Join us for daily drinks to meet other professionals in a casual atmosphere.

Hosted by HEAD – Genève

Once again evicted from their squats in Barcelona, two groups of Senegalese men float in an apparently endless existential drift. Unemployed, but also...

  • Pierpaolo Verdecchi
2017, Italy, Spain, 74′
World premiere

Since its first correction in 1863, stretched over a generation in search of progress, the Rhône has been constrained, held captive by the dams man...

  • Mélanie Pitteloud
2017, Switzerland, 88′
World premiere

Jacques Muyal, illustrious citizen of Nyon, devoted his entire life to one all-consuming passion: jazz. Everything started in Tangiers where while only...

  • Jacques Matthey
2017, Switzerland, 75′
World premiere

The end of a civil war, the transition from a military dictatorship to democracy, the evolution and decadence of a country through the verses of Maung...

  • Petr Lom
2017, Netherlands, Norway, 81′
Swiss premiere
21:00

Held since 1983, the Spartathlon is a 246-km ultramarathon race following the identical route taken by an Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490 BC...

  • Balazs Simonyi
2017, Hungary, 81′
International premiere

There is a place 190 miles south-east of L.A. where people outcast by society settle down. A place lying 129 feet below sea level. A place called Slab...

  • Gianfranco Rosi
2008, United States, Italy, 115′

There is a new mayor in Messina, Sicily. A Buddhist one. Old politicians have lost for once, and there is an outpouring of new hopes and energies....

  • Silvia Jop, Pietro Pasquetti
2016, Italy, 77′
International premiere
22:00

Let's Dance!

TROPICAL BLUE MASTER CLASH shows you a inflamed tropical party!

Monday 24 April 2017

09:00

Media Library

Duration: until 20:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

09:30

Rough Cut Lab 3

Duration: Until 12:30

Dedicated to teams of a first or second film in its final production stages, the Rough Cut Lab gives them coaching, expert advice and privileged access to decision makers. The idea is to assist filmmakers in finding the best way to finish their films. 

10:00

Post-production funds and how to use them in the best way

Duration: until 11:30

More and more producers and filmmakers are looking for postproduction funding and exposure as a significant part of their financing plan. Representatives of the Doha Film Institute and Venice Production Bridge talk about their funds and the do's and don'ts.

10:00

Festivals' Connection

Duration: until 11:30

This activity dedicated specifically to festivals’ representatives is meant as an opportunity for sharing international best practice and together finding routes to face shared challenges

In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while at the same time their own houses at home are being shelled. The Lebanese war is...

  • Ziad Kalthoum
2017, Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, 85′
World premiere

Located on the île de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine, the Paris Law Court looks like an impenetrable fortress. Like Kafka's castle, it guards its...

  • Yamina Zoutat
2017, Switzerland, France, 87′
World premiere

Since its first correction in 1863, stretched over a generation in search of progress, the Rhône has been constrained, held captive by the dams man...

  • Mélanie Pitteloud
2017, Switzerland, 88′
World premiere
10:30

Forum

Duration: 120'

A daily debate with filmmakers: the Forum is an informal discussion between directors and their audience, attended by the filmmakers who presented a film the previous day.

Polo has been roaming around Ouagadougou since childhood. He has grown up now. At 29, he is the eldest of a group who live from odd jobs and getting...

  • Simplice Herman Ganou
2017, France, Burkina Faso, 78′
World premiere
11:45

‘Pitch the Doc’ Presentation - Making documentary pitching different!

Duration: until 12:30

‘Pitch the Doc’ is an innovative online platform that significantly changes the documentary pitching process by making it available anytime and anywhere for film professionals around the world. 

There is a new mayor in Messina, Sicily. A Buddhist one. Old politicians have lost for once, and there is an outpouring of new hopes and energies....

  • Silvia Jop, Pietro Pasquetti
2016, Italy, 77′
International premiere

A farmer aged almost 90 years old lives with his cat on his farm, on the North German Baltic Sea. He has been looking after it by himself since his...

  • René Frölke, Ann Carolin Renninger
2017, Germany, 83′
International premiere

Once again evicted from their squats in Barcelona, two groups of Senegalese men float in an apparently endless existential drift. Unemployed, but also...

  • Pierpaolo Verdecchi
2017, Italy, Spain, 74′
World premiere
14:00

Should the protagonists of creative documentaries be paid?

Duration: until 15:30

Should protagonists get paid for their participation in the film? Experts will discuss the ethical and practical aspects involved in this question.

Boureima, from Niger, met Lo Thivolle at university in Toulouse. Later, they met up again, on the bench of a public square, where the former rules as...

  • Lo Thivolle
2017, France, 72′
World premiere

The film takes place in a motel somewhere along the U.S. / Mexico border. A man sits in an armchair. A black mesh covers his head. In his hands lies an...

  • Gianfranco Rosi
2010, France, Italy, 84′

In 2009, the bodies of dozens of migrants, who had been trying to reach Europe via the Canary Islands, were washed up by ocean currents onto a beach in...

  • Pierre-Alain Meier
2017, Switzerland, 87′
World premiere

2015. In the Belarussian countryside, the Presidential election which will renew, once again, the mandate of Lukashenko, is being prepared. As for...

  • Gabriel Tejedor
2017, Switzerland, 67′
World premiere
14:30

Rough Cut Lab 4

Duration: Until 17:30

Dedicated to teams of a first or second film in its final production stages, the Rough Cut Lab gives them coaching, expert advice and privileged access to decision makers. The idea is to assist filmmakers in finding the best way to finish their films. 

14:30

Market Consultancy

Duration: until 15:30

Learn how to promote your films, find a sales agent, define a distribution strategy or get to know the basics of the film industry from our international expert.

15:30

Ride your tiger! How to speak in public

Duration: until 17:00

You have to pitch or present your film, open a festival, give an award acceptance speech, or do well in a Q&A, interview, press conference or as a guest on a podium. You will learn what is important to be successful and convincing. 

16:00

“A tree moans and moans but never breaks. A strong tree tips over and is gone.” Embracing a fabric of places, times and stories—the Sweden of the...

  • Anna Eborn
2017, Denmark, 88′
International premiere

Quentin is 27 years old. For the last ten years, he has been in a coma. In the hospital room where his mother brought him, one waits for the verdict of...

  • Thom Vander Beken
2017, Belgium, Netherlands, 92′
World premiere
16:30

DOCM Rendez-vous

Duration: until 17:30

Guest DOCM experts across distribution, sales and festival sectors are available for short individual meetings. 

“Dear Vincent, what can I tell you? (…) For filming, I have no rules, apart from being attracted.”
“Dear Alain, I have safely arrived in Florence. I am...

  • Vincent Dieutre
2017, France, 66′
International premiere

From Lviv to Odessa, from the Donbass to the Crimea, Vitaly Mansky paints a sprawling and very nuanced portrait of post-Maidan Ukraine, ripped apart by...

  • Vitaly Mansky
2016, Latvia, Germany, Estonia, Ukraine, 114′
Swiss premiere
18:30

Magic Hour

Duration: until 19:30

Join us for daily drinks to meet other professionals in a casual atmosphere.

Hosted by Freestudios (CH)

Lech Kowalski returns to Utica, where he grew up, in a multicultural district inhabited by the descendants of migrants from the European continent,...

  • Lech Kowalski
2017, France, 86′
World premiere
19:00

The bench from which the former miner watches life on the shores of Geiseltal Lake is an excellent observation post. In the same way, the directors of ...

  • Emerson Culurgioni, Jonas Matauschek
2017, Germany, 79′
World premiere

Due to the war that has laid waste on Syria, the Kurdish city of Kobane, located in the Rojava region, at the frontier with Turkey, has been under the...

  • Reyan Tuvi
2017, Turkey, 84′
World premiere

Aisku, Elsa and Alisa come from different family backgrounds. They are young girls with a passion for hobby horses: a game that is traditionally for...

  • Selma Vilhunen
2017, Finland, Sweden, 90′
International premiere
22:00

Let's Dance!


Discover the greatest songs of all the time with LE CLUB DES SALES GOSSES!

Tuesday 25 April 2017

09:00

Focus Talk

Duration: Until 11:30

Via discussions and case studies our South African guests – directors, producers, fillm institutions – explore the South African contemporary documentary landscape as well as the current (co-)production and funding situation. 

09:00

Media Library

Duration: until 20:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

Due to the war that has laid waste on Syria, the Kurdish city of Kobane, located in the Rojava region, at the frontier with Turkey, has been under the...

  • Reyan Tuvi
2017, Turkey, 84′
World premiere

Quentin is 27 years old. For the last ten years, he has been in a coma. In the hospital room where his mother brought him, one waits for the verdict of...

  • Thom Vander Beken
2017, Belgium, Netherlands, 92′
World premiere
10:30

Forum

Duration: 120'

A daily debate with filmmakers: the Forum is an informal discussion between directors and their audience, attended by the filmmakers who presented a film the previous day.

11:45

Focus pitch & meetings

Duration: Until 16:30

Five projects from South Africa will be presented, and producers, distributors, programmers, sales representatives and the jury will have the opportunity to meet the project teams individually. 

12:00

“A tree moans and moans but never breaks. A strong tree tips over and is gone.” Embracing a fabric of places, times and stories—the Sweden of the...

  • Anna Eborn
2017, Denmark, 88′
International premiere

Boureima, from Niger, met Lo Thivolle at university in Toulouse. Later, they met up again, on the bench of a public square, where the former rules as...

  • Lo Thivolle
2017, France, 72′
World premiere
14:00

Audience development

Duration: Until 15:00

Engaging audiences and planning communication strategies can both benefit from using journalistic skills. Matching real-world stories with real-world public interest: Practical tips and case studies. 

Samer grew up in Syria in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the Middle East. In 2011, he is forced to join the Palestine Liberation Army in...

  • Samer Salameh
2017, Syria, Lebanon, 90′
World premiere

Lech Kowalski returns to Utica, where he grew up, in a multicultural district inhabited by the descendants of migrants from the European continent,...

  • Lech Kowalski
2017, France, 86′
World premiere

The island of Lampedusa is a mirage of freedom for the thousands of migrants and refugees stranded on its shores. Over the past 20 years, it has also...

  • Gianfranco Rosi
2016, Italy, France, 108′
15:30

Docs in Progress

Duration: Until 18:30

Docs in Progress presents a selection of six feature documentaries in their final stages. 

Ashley Kriel, a young activist and key figure of the anti-apartheid liberation struggle, was killed by the police at the age of 20, thus becoming a...

  • Nadine Angel Cloete
2016, South Africa, 90′
European premiere

We discover Cape Town and its layout from the sky, looking down from the heights of the emblematic Table Mountain. An observation of an exceptional...

  • François Verster
2009, South Africa, 93′
16:30

DOCM Rendez-vous

Duration: until 17:30

Guest DOCM experts across distribution, sales and festival sectors are available for short individual meetings. 

At the point at which Singapore is preparing to celebrate its independence, a time capsule is filled with present-day objects, to then be buried and...

  • Tan Pin Pin
2017, Singapore, 62′
World premiere
17:00

Updating the archive

Duration: Until 18:30

Reminders from the past, archival images bear a visual witness of what has once existed. Presenting the “real”, they are potentially precious for documentary creation. This roundtable aims to shed light on how the practical and aesthetical aspects intertwine in a documentary lm production process. 

Money makes the world go around. But how does it work? Who are the people that grant a credit line or give a loan? And how does money shape our...

  • Sebastian Winkels
2017, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, 89′
World premiere

In the verdant village of Kells, Ireland, there is the only Irish boarding school for children aged 7 to 12. Worn and weathered, ancient and noble, but...

  • Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane
2016, Ireland, Spain, 100′
Swiss premiere
18:30

Magic Hour

Duration: until 19:30

Join us for daily drinks to meet other professionals in a casual atmosphere.

Hosted by EYE Film Institute Netherlands & Netherlands Film Fund (NL)

According to the Transgender Europe NGO and their global statistics, it is in Brazil that transgenders are most likely to be murdered. It is also in...

  • Alice Riff
2017, Brazil, 71′
World premiere

Human beings who have experienced such a strong shock that they are no longer even afraid of death (as it often happens to genocide survivors)...

  • Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
2017, Belgium, France, 75′
World premiere
19:45

DOCM Get Togheter

Duration: Until 22:30

The gathering of all DOCM accredited professionals. Take a glass (offered by ChileDoc), grab a hot fondue, and take some funny and memorable photos!

20:15

Docs in Progress & Focus Awards

Duration: Until 20:30

visions sud est will award a 10.000 CHF prize to the most promising projet. The Swiss fund visions sud est sup- ports cinematographic productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The best Docs in Progress' project will be awarded a prize: Raggio Verde will offer subtitling to the winner.
 

The Siberian city of Norilsk, above the Arctic Circle, was established here for the nickel and other metal deposits. Built under Stalin by Gulag...

  • François Jacob
2017, Canada, 110′
World premiere

“I wondered how, in a place where people are taking care of other people, the work itself could cause illness.” (JLM) In the surgical department of the...

  • Jérôme Le Maire
2016, France, Belgium, Switzerland, 83′
Swiss premiere
21:30

The bench from which the former miner watches life on the shores of Geiseltal Lake is an excellent observation post. In the same way, the directors of ...

  • Emerson Culurgioni, Jonas Matauschek
2017, Germany, 79′
World premiere
22:00

Let's Dance!


Discover all the greatest beats with DJ PHIL !

Wednesday 26 April 2017

08:30

Pitching du Réel

Duration: until 18:45

Fifteen feature-length film projects will be presented and discussed in round tables and one-to-one meetings with potential partners, commissioning editors, producers, distributors and funders.

09:00

Media Library

Duration: until 20:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

Samer grew up in Syria in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the Middle East. In 2011, he is forced to join the Palestine Liberation Army in...

  • Samer Salameh
2017, Syria, Lebanon, 90′
World premiere

At the point at which Singapore is preparing to celebrate its independence, a time capsule is filled with present-day objects, to then be buried and...

  • Tan Pin Pin
2017, Singapore, 62′
World premiere
10:30

Forum

Duration: 120'

A daily debate with filmmakers: the Forum is an informal discussion between directors and their audience, attended by the filmmakers who presented a film the previous day.

11:00

Audience Engagement for Documentaries

Duration: until 12:30

The right strategy combined with effective use of social networks allows filmmakers and producers to connect with their audiences and build a community of followers. 

According to the Transgender Europe NGO and their global statistics, it is in Brazil that transgenders are most likely to be murdered. It is also in...

  • Alice Riff
2017, Brazil, 71′
World premiere

Money makes the world go around. But how does it work? Who are the people that grant a credit line or give a loan? And how does money shape our...

  • Sebastian Winkels
2017, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, 89′
World premiere

Human beings who have experienced such a strong shock that they are no longer even afraid of death (as it often happens to genocide survivors)...

  • Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
2017, Belgium, France, 75′
World premiere

The “gaucho” tradition is observed through the story of an elderly couple who lives in the hills of Northern Argentina. Beginning their daily routine,...

  • Nicolás Torchinsky
2017, Argentina, 70′
World premiere
14:00

Web Series Doc


Award ceremony of the first edition of the Web Series Doc competition.

The acronym GRA means Grande Raccordo Anulare (Great Ring Junction). A ring-shaped, orbital motorway that encircles Rome. Its circumference measures...

  • Gianfranco Rosi
2013, Italy, France, 93′

A man leaves Brazil and a red clay quarry that saturates all the surrounding nature to board a cargo ship. He is accompanying the “mountain” that has...

  • Simone Cortezão
2017, Brazil, Taiwan, 73′
World premiere
16:30

“Pine Ridge is so powerful. It's really hard, really dire of course, people coming to our reservation all the time seeking poverty porn. And they wanna...

  • Dan Girmus
2017, United States, 73′
International premiere

From one cave to another. In prehistoric times, human beings would leave paintings in caves to show their amazement and admiration for the complexity...

  • Valerio Jalongo
2017, Switzerland, Italy, 75′
World premiere

The Siberian city of Norilsk, above the Arctic Circle, was established here for the nickel and other metal deposits. Built under Stalin by Gulag...

  • François Jacob
2017, Canada, 110′
World premiere
17:00

Seizing the invisible: the vital role of sound in documentaries

Duration: until 18:30

The SSFV – Syndicat suisse film et vidéo – invites film professionals and sound specialists to discuss the interaction between technique and aesthetics in the process of creating a soundtrack.

In China, in the village of Dafen, all the inhabitants make their living from oil painting. In small family workshops, dirty but bustling with life,...

  • Haibo Yu, Tianqi Kiki Yu
2016, China, Netherlands, 80′
Swiss premiere
18:30

Magic Hour

Duration: until 19:30

Join us for daily drinks to meet other professionals in a casual atmosphere.

Hosted by DOCUDAYS UA

We watch from behind as a person with a sling bag walks through the night, before melting among her peers in a refuge, in Mexico, welcoming those women...

  • Hubert Caron-Guay
2017, Canada, 95′
World premiere

New Zealand. The scientist Di Tracey explores the seabed in search of intact coral reefs that have survived the ravages of industrial fishing. The...

  • Summer Agnew, Adam Luxton
2016, New Zealand, 91′
International premiere

In Ouagadougou, a group of girls are studying to become mechanics at the education centre for women. Between sparkly pumps and nail polish, they juggle...

  • Theresa Traorer Dahlberg
2017, Sweden, France, Burkina Faso, Qatar, 83′
International premiere

In the verdant village of Kells, Ireland, there is the only Irish boarding school for children aged 7 to 12. Worn and weathered, ancient and noble, but...

  • Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane
2016, Ireland, Spain, 100′
Swiss premiere

At the nursery school in Nesodden, near Oslo, learning is supposed to be fun, first and foremost, but also devoid of imperatives of tangible success....

  • Margreth Olin
2017, Norway, 90′
Swiss premiere
22:00

Let's Dance!


From Disco music to House music, BATA – MAJI (collectif Hapax 21) offers you a groovy night!

Thursday 27 April 2017

08:30

Pitching du Réel

Duration: until 16:00

Fifteen feature-length film projects will be presented and discussed in round tables and one-to-one meetings with potential partners, commissioning editors, producers, distributors and funders.

09:00

Media Library

Duration: until 20:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

The “gaucho” tradition is observed through the story of an elderly couple who lives in the hills of Northern Argentina. Beginning their daily routine,...

  • Nicolás Torchinsky
2017, Argentina, 70′
World premiere

New Zealand. The scientist Di Tracey explores the seabed in search of intact coral reefs that have survived the ravages of industrial fishing. The...

  • Summer Agnew, Adam Luxton
2016, New Zealand, 91′
International premiere

From one cave to another. In prehistoric times, human beings would leave paintings in caves to show their amazement and admiration for the complexity...

  • Valerio Jalongo
2017, Switzerland, Italy, 75′
World premiere
10:30

International Co-production Case Study: Ouaga Girls

Duration: Until 12:00

The producers will talk about their experience, the process of financial, artistic and logistical collaboration and their ideas for a proper festival and distribution strategy. 

10:30

Forum

Duration: 120'

A daily debate with filmmakers: the Forum is an informal discussion between directors and their audience, attended by the filmmakers who presented a film the previous day.

A man leaves Brazil and a red clay quarry that saturates all the surrounding nature to board a cargo ship. He is accompanying the “mountain” that has...

  • Simone Cortezão
2017, Brazil, Taiwan, 73′
World premiere
12:00

“Pine Ridge is so powerful. It's really hard, really dire of course, people coming to our reservation all the time seeking poverty porn. And they wanna...

  • Dan Girmus
2017, United States, 73′
International premiere

We watch from behind as a person with a sling bag walks through the night, before melting among her peers in a refuge, in Mexico, welcoming those women...

  • Hubert Caron-Guay
2017, Canada, 95′
World premiere
14:00

Vod & Distribution à la carte

Duration: Until 15:30

Today’s documentary-seeking public has access to a plethora of VoD platforms, each with their characteristics, within a maze-like online offer. This raises essential questions about the film market.

Dobropolye is a town located in Eastern Ukraine: 70 km from the border where conflicts with the breakaway republics are raging on and people feel...

  • Veronika Glasunowa, Lukasz Lakomy
2017, Germany, 87′
World premiere

The film captures the moment when refugees from Syria are trying to reach Europe crossing through Greece. Stopped at the border between Macedonia and...

  • Niki Giannari, Maria Kourkouta
2016, Greece, France, 99′
Swiss premiere

Tao and Dong promised each other they'd return to the village where the latter grew up, in Inner Mongolia, before following his family, who left to...

  • Tao Gu
2017, Canada, China, 124′
World premiere
16:30

Doc & Art

Duration: Until 18:00

An exchange of experiences on the differences and similarities between production and distribution in the fields of visual artist films and cinema. 

In Georgia, in the tiny Didube bus station, characters flow into Niko's veterinarian pharmacy. They are not really customers, some of them come in by...

  • Shorena Tevzadze
2017, Georgia, Switzerland, 64′
World premiere

Easter Island is the second-most remote island from a continent in the world, after the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. It is located in the Pacific...

  • Tiziana Panizza
2017, Chile, 104′
World premiere

After a successful dancing decade, Bobbi Jene Smith decides to abandon her starring role with the celebrated based in Tel Aviv Batsheva Dance Company...

  • Elvira Lind
2017, Denmark, Sweden, 90′
European premiere
18:30

Magic Hour

Duration: until 19:30

Join us for daily drinks to meet other professionals in a casual atmosphere.

Hosted by Les Vins de Nyon

In China, in the village of Dafen, all the inhabitants make their living from oil painting. In small family workshops, dirty but bustling with life,...

  • Haibo Yu, Tianqi Kiki Yu
2016, China, Netherlands, 80′
Swiss premiere

A competition for people aged 12 to 26, this year on the subject of female/male. These films are presented in the Espaces Jeunesse and visitors vote to...

120′
19:30

Musical event in Gland


Pop-rock show with the band Kadisha!

19:30

Animation musicale à Gland


Concert pop-rock du groupe Kashida!

19:30

Musical event in Gland


Concert pop-rock du groupe Kashida!

Tuxpan, a town located in the State of Veracruz, is the closest commercial port to Mexico City. It is home not only to several wheats, corn, and soya...

  • Jose Álvarez
2016, Mexico, 80′
International premiere

In Ouagadougou, a group of girls are studying to become mechanics at the education centre for women. Between sparkly pumps and nail polish, they juggle...

  • Theresa Traorer Dahlberg
2017, Sweden, France, Burkina Faso, Qatar, 83′
International premiere

At the foot of the Moon Mountains, in the Kibale National Park in south-west Uganda, Sabrina Krief and her team closely follow the traces of wild...

  • Sylvie Tiên Gadmer
2016, France, 86′
International premiere
22:00

Let's Dance!


A African night offers by DJ MAHO!

22:00

Musical event in Gland


Pop-rock show with the band Kadisha.

22:00

Let's Dance! @La Parenthèse


Visions du Réel and La Parenthèse are coming together to offer more music! Tonight with PANDORE (FR)

Friday 28 April 2017

09:00

Media Library

Duration: until 17:00

A selection of more than 400 creative documentary films from 2016/2017 available online and in 30 screening booths. 

09:30

Archidoc Pitching

Duration: Until 11:30

Archidoc is an archive-based documentary film development workshop aimed at directors, run by La Fémis, the French national filmschool. 

Easter Island is the second-most remote island from a continent in the world, after the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. It is located in the Pacific...

  • Tiziana Panizza
2017, Chile, 104′
World premiere
10:30

Forum

Duration: 120'

A daily debate with filmmakers: the Forum is an informal discussion between directors and their audience, attended by the filmmakers who presented a film the previous day.

In Georgia, in the tiny Didube bus station, characters flow into Niko's veterinarian pharmacy. They are not really customers, some of them come in by...

  • Shorena Tevzadze
2017, Georgia, Switzerland, 64′
World premiere

Dobropolye is a town located in Eastern Ukraine: 70 km from the border where conflicts with the breakaway republics are raging on and people feel...

  • Veronika Glasunowa, Lukasz Lakomy
2017, Germany, 87′
World premiere

After a successful dancing decade, Bobbi Jene Smith decides to abandon her starring role with the celebrated based in Tel Aviv Batsheva Dance Company...

  • Elvira Lind
2017, Denmark, Sweden, 90′
European premiere

Tao and Dong promised each other they'd return to the village where the latter grew up, in Inner Mongolia, before following his family, who left to...

  • Tao Gu
2017, Canada, China, 124′
World premiere

Tuxpan, a town located in the State of Veracruz, is the closest commercial port to Mexico City. It is home not only to several wheats, corn, and soya...

  • Jose Álvarez
2016, Mexico, 80′
International premiere

Solitude, far from the crowds and worldly life, is a way of reconnecting with the world. This is probably the feeling of scientist Aušra Revutaite, who...

  • Audrius Stonys
2016, Lithuania, Estonia, 57′
Swiss premiere

Solitude, far from the crowds and worldly life, is a way of reconnecting with the world. This is probably the feeling of scientist Aušra Revutaite, who...

  • Audrius Stonys
2016, Lithuania, Estonia, 57′
Swiss premiere
22:00

Let's Dance! – Closing party


Let's dance till the end of the night with MAH'MOOD & WTF!
The Closing party is organised in collaboration with La Parenthèse and the Collectif Hapax 21.