South Africa: The Locker Room wins MIPDOC Co-prod Challenge


In partnership with Reed MIDEM, realscreen co-presented the fifth edition of the MIPDOC Co-production Challenge, which allows five international producers to present their projects to a jury of broadcasters. One of the finalists in the competition was the Cape Town-based film, In the Line of Fire, produced by Bellen Wilkinson, Martina Della Togna and Eugene Paramoer.

The five finalists pitched their projects on Saturday 28 March during MIPDOC held in Cannes, France. In the Line of Fire looks at what it meant to grow up as daughters of anti-apartheid cleric and leader of the UDF, Alan Boesak. The other finalists in the challenge examined an ancient tapestry, metal-heads in Islamic countries, a child prodigy and his parents and the inner sanctums of three amateur football teams.

The Locker Room which looks at the drama inside three different football teams' locker rooms won over the Co-pro Challenge judges. The jury was made up of Caroline Behar, head of acquisitions and international coproductions at France 5; Takahiro Hamano, producer/director satellite broadcasting department at NHK; Tabitha Jackson, editor, More 4 at Channel 4 Television; Michele Schofield, director, content, program acquisitions and productions for AETN All Asia Networks and president of the jury Maryanne Culpepper, EVP editorial and new business development for National Geographic Television.

The winning documentary was produced and directed by Nisan Katz and Eyal Zusman of Topia Communications from Israel. The jury said it was innovative, nicely timed to coincide with the 2010 World Cup and was cross-cultural.

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