1st ever Le Rendez-Vous Docs, TV France’s new market dedicated to French documentaries, is a hit with buyers and commissioning editors the world over

With the first edition of Le Rendez-Vous Docs online on March 18, TV France International enabled its members to present nearly 200 ambitious new French programs and projects to more than 160 buyers and commissioning editors from 38 different countriesexplains Sarah Hemar, Executive Director of TV France.

“The current situation requires agility, and this brand new market entirely dedicated to French documentaries was organized in just two months. We felt it was particularly important to do it during a period in which the events that usually allow members to highlight the quality and diversity of the sector were being cancelled one after the other due to the health crisis.

The positive figures we have collected so far via the Lerendezvousdocs.tv platform and the dedicated screening room, Screenopsis, along with the enthusiasm shown by buyers during live Q&A sessions confirm that this was the right strategic decision. All content remains accessible until April 11, so we are really pleased with these initial results. Thank you everyone, for supporting this Rendez-Vous!” she concludes.

Positive figures

456 visitors / >1,000 visits to theRendez-Vous Docs website

1,886 consultationsof programs in the Screening Room(both not connected and connected)

95% of programs in the Screening Room consulted

“Wonderful projects, innovative ideas, the level of this first edition of Le Rendez-Vous Docs was very high, and it was very inspiring,” says Christophe Bochnaki, Chairman of Balanga. “Balanga was honored to participate and to present projects in this kind of showcase, both as Highlights and during pitching sessions, supported by very professional coaching from TV France. This was an excellent experience for me, particularly as I was lucky enough to have a buyer commit live during the Q&A session that followed my presentation of Celibacy of Priests – The Specter of Schism (working title), which is rare. We’ll be coming back next year!”

“Thank you again to the TV France teams for organizing this documentary Rendez-Vous. CLPB Rights used it to launch two new projects: Magellan’s Extraordinary Odyssey and Environnemtal Justice? Can the law save the planet? We had very positive feedback from commissioning editors and buyers regarding the quality of the pitches and teasers. This allowed us to firm up co-production partnerships with channels as well as pre-purchases;” explains Julie Tolza, Sales and Development Director for CLPB Rights. This was an essential spotlight in the absence of an in-person market and was appreciated by sellers and buyers alike. Don’t hesitate to do this again or to hold a documentary Rendez-Vous during future events,” she adds.

Top 4 Replay

Top 4 programs (number of views)

Super Highlight- Lil’ Buck – Federation Entertainment

Pitch – The Story of Freddie Mercury – Lukarn

Super Highlight – Top of the Rocks – Terranoa

Pitch – Flying Knights, planes in wartime – INA

Key Figures

Top 4 views by country (excluding France)

Poland
Slovenia
Canada
Japan

24 exporting companies

3 Super Highlights

18 Pitches

+180 Programs

162 Buyers

38 Countries

3 outstanding Super Highlights

Lil’ Buck, Real Swan                                                      

Presented by Sarah Zarka and Guillaume Pommier, distributors,

Federation Entertainment and Louis Wallecan, director.

© Lechinski, Machine Molle, Tanit Films

Hitler, Stalin: a secret relationship (working title)

Presented by Christophe Bochnaki, distributor, Balanga, Georges Marc Benamou, producer, Siècle Productions and Michael Prazan, director.

© Siècle Productions

Top of the Rocks                                               

Presented by Isabelle Graziadey, distributor, Terranoa, Christophe Cousin and Matthieu Maillet, co-directors.

18 pitches of ambitious French documentaries projects

Arts & Culture 
Milan KunderaIllégitime Défense
MONK, PANNONICA & the JazzmenLukarn
The Story of Freddie MercuryLukarn
History, Civilization & Discovery 
Magellan’s Extraordinary OdysseyCLPB Rights
Flying Knights, planes in wartimeINA
Ancient BuildersKwanza
Wonder Ship: Titanic EngineeringKwanza
After ChaosTerranoa
Nature, Green & Science 
Braving the TidesArte Distribution
Environnemtal Justice? Can the law save the planet?CLPB Rights
France, a journey through timeFrance tv distribution
Science & SportsLucky You
Current Affairs & Social Issues 
Celibacy of Priests – the Specter of Schism (working title)Balanga
MATCH #664Federation Entertainment
Asia-Pacific, the New Powder KegLucky You
Space WarsTaxi Rights
If you kill, call meTerranoa
You will be happy!ZED

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