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Documentary Producers to Advance to Overseas Broadcasting Market (November 15)

- MSIT to hold ‘K-Docs Pitching Day’ in the Netherlands

The Ministry of Science and ICT(MSIT) announced its plan to hold the ‘K-Docs Pitching Day’ in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 16 to 21 November, with the aim of advertising Korean documentary projects to foreign broadcasters, investors and distributors.

Taken place during the world’s largest documentary film festival ‘International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam*(IDFA),’ the ‘K-Docs Pitching Day’(‘Pitching Day’) is held for the third time this year with the participation of 9 documentary producers selected through the planning development support project (July 2018).

* IDFA(International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 11.14.25.): documentary film festival launched in ’88; film screening, investment briefing and academy; more than 200,000 visitors a year

The ‘capacity building group workshop’ will be held on the first day. Local broadcasters and investors will receive investment training from foreign experts.

For the next 4 days(17~20 November), 9 teams from Korea will share promotional videos of their proposals and hold one-on-one investment meetings with investors from France, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, UK and Japan.

A meeting will be also arranged between the event organizer Korea Communications Agency and Canada HotDocs*, the largest documentary film festival in North America, to discuss ways to expand cooperation for international joint production.

* HotDocs(Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival) : launched in ’93, holds various seminars, conferences, project markets and investors’ meetings

For the ‘K-Docs Pitching Day,’ 6 independent PD teams among 11 teams participating in the ‘Broadcasting Contents Investment Training,’ MSIT’s training program for fostering broadcasting and communications experts, will participate in the training program(11.14.~11.21.) and investors’ meeting in the Netherlands (MVP team only).

* A total of 11 promising producers and directors were chosen to participate in the job training(7.26~8.24) to help them advance into foreign markets. The team with the best performance will be granted an opportunity to train overseas.

To promote exports of Korean broadcasting contents, MSIT actively supports overseas expansion by stage(planning-production-distribution) and holds 3 investor meetings a year to attract initial investment for documentary production.

* Busan(May), UK(Sheffield, June), Netherlands(Amsterdam, November)

MSIT plans to increase job training courses and investment promotion activities to assist the overseas business expansion of mid-sized broadcasters and producers and competent broadcasting experts.