Who wants to see a documentary?

Moving Docs is excited to share news about positive trends concerning documentary audiences in Europe. Moving Docs enables a selection of European documentaries to cross borders and reach new audiences all over Europe. It is the very first initiative of its kind, powered by over 20 local and national partners across Europe, managed by the European Documentary Network, and supported by Creative Europe

Moving Docs data reveals that viewers across Europe are showing growing interest in watching documentaries on a diversity of platforms.  While the traditional theatrical release of documentaries remains financially viable in territories such as Germany, partner data reveals how the targeted release of issue-oriented theatrical documentaries and single event screenings are able to reach large, transnational audiences.

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How Moving Docs boosts its partners' reach through additional content

The Moving Docs initiative, coordinated by the European Documentary Network, brings together many regional and national documentary exhibitors across Europe including festivals, distributors, cinemas, and non-theatrical events.

The common aim is to combine everyone’s powers, both in enabling the acquisition of high-profile documentaries and in jointly developing and delivering audience engagement strategies.

Film & Campaign delivered a comprehensive report on Moving Docs’ online activities in 2016, including a range of recommendations. This new report focuses on developments in 2017, be they results of any measures taken or overall trends in social media use.

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Selected for Moving Docs 2018: Silvana

With her uncompromising lyrics against all forms of oppression, Swedish rapper Silvana Imam has taken Scandinavia by storm.

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The extraordinary release of Raving Iran

How did a niche documentary by a first-time director, about two unknown Iranian DJs, become one of Germany’s cinematic events of the year? Over 60,000 people in Germany have now seen Raving Iran, the debut feature by Susanne Regina Meures, and a year after its release the film continues to draw interest. On the occasion of the film's online launch in our MOVING DOCS Home Cinema, Kirstin Innes talked to Weronika Adamowska of Raving Iran’s distributors and Moving Docs partners, Rise and Shine Cinema, about how they did it.

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Weronika Adamowska at the Moving Docs Outreach Workshop in Athens

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Learn Greek with A Family Affair

A Family Affair is a celebration of a Greek family bound together by their shared love for the music of their homeland. 

The film is available through the Moving Docs Home Cinema.

Here are some downloads to help you learn Greek with A Family Affair:

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Can family and music help a country find its way back from crisis?

Chris Silver has watched A FAMILY AFFAIR, our latest addition to the MOVING DOCS Home Cinema. 

“In order to find yourself you need to get lost. But if you lose yourself you need to find your way back.”

These words of wisdom are spoken by Cretan musical legend George Xylouris, to his son Nick, as they practice together in a cramped apartment while on tour in northern Europe during a scene in the Greek/Australian documentary A Family Affair.

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The words are, no doubt, one of countless lessons that have formed part of the young man’s lifelong apprenticeship as a member Greece’s most renowned musical clan. Indeed, the wild, largely improvised traditional music of Crete of which they are exponents, is itself like a great rambling exploration of the wilderness – a journey that is never quite the same – but always finally returns to the village having learned something.

This key fragment of fatherly advice also speaks to a searing question that the film asks – what does it mean to carry traditions into the future in a time of often troubling change? 

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Tim Horsburgh

Here's a recording from yesterday's Moving Docs online session (more info here) with Tim Horsburgh of Kartemquin Films.

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Burning Out interview

An interview between director Jérôme le Maire and co-writer Pascal Chabot.

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Selected for Moving Docs 2017: Burning Out

All over Europe burnout has reached epidemic proportions among employees in the public and private sectors. Will we end up killing ourselves? Or will we be able to find meaning and joy at work?

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New survey: "Strategic Investments in the Future of Film"

Here's a new study by Europa Cinemas that may be of interest to Moving Docs partners and the wider industry.

It shows how – while consumer demand challenges the status quo – those venues that continuously invest are the ones that thrive and grow.

The report includes lots of case studies of cinemas across Europe and how they function as social spaces.

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