Bio to B Awards 2019


At its sixth edition, it has established itself as a successful international marketplace and the first Italian market for documentaries with a cinematic vocation.

The sixth edition of BIO TO B | DOC & BIOPIC BUSINESS MEETING, the annual event dedicated to business-to-business networking among audiovisual professionals through a programme of pitching sessions, panels, workshops and one-to-one meetings, was concluded with great attendance.

For the next edition, two new features have already been announced: the projects admitted to Bio to B 2020 will be equally split between male and female directors and a market for scriptments of documentary cinema will be promoted.

Once again this year, the number of Industry passes registered and professionals attending has almost doubled, reflecting the growing interest in the Festival shown by the film industry. A phenomenon linked to the definite maturation of Bio to B | Doc & Biopic Business Meeting: this sixth edition witnessed the almost doubling of the cinema professionals who arrived in Bologna from all over the world - especially producers, assuming the characteristics of a successful international market and establishing itself in fact as the first Italian market for documentary cinema.

From 13 to 15 June, 19 projects of documentaries with a cinematic vocation (theatrical release) and biopic of European production or co-production in the making phase were presented in the areas of the DAMSLab in Bologna.

5 decision international decision makers (Catherine Le Clef - President, Cat & Docs, Francia; Nicola Allieta - Senior Distribution Manager, Sweet Chili Entertainment, Danimarca; Carole Baraton - Co-Founder and Sales Director, Charades, Francia; Sabine Bubeck-Paaz - Commissioning Editor, ZDF/Art, Germania; Lorna Lee Torres - Headof International Sales, Magnolia Pictures, USA) awarded the following cash prizes: Best European Project (€3,000), Best Italian Project (€2,000), Best Emilia-Romagna Project (€1000).

The prize for best European project was awarded, ex aequo, to I'll Stand by You by Maximilien Dejoie, Virginija Vareikyte (production: Lukas Trimonis, Maximilien Dejoie - In Script, M&N), and In the Name of Gerry Conlon by Lorenzo Moscia (production: Nightswim S.R.L). The two projects will equally split the cash prize established for the Best European Project. The prize for best Italian project went to We Are the Thousand by Anita Rivaroli (production: Indyca S.R.L., Primitive Entertainment).

The prize for the best Italian project went to We Are the Thousand by Anita Rivaroli (production: Indyca S.R.L., Primitive Entertainment).

Further, the award for the best project in Emilia-Romagna went to This Is Italian Warship by Valentina Pellitteri (production: Serena Gramizzi - Bo Film & Cristian Cappucci - InClouds).

Bio to B 2019 has confirmed its partnership with DOK Leipzig, whereby director Leena Pasanen awarded her prize to one of the selected projects: an invitation to participate as a guest in the DOK Leipzig 2019 Industry Programme. This prize was awarded to After the Bridge by Davide Rizzo, Marzia Toscano (production: Sayonara Film).

The special guest of Bio To B 2019 was Diane Weyermann (President of Documentary Film & Television, Participant Media), who received the "Make It Real" award - Bio To B Award 2019, dedicated to film professionals who most stood out in the international film production and distribution field. Diane Weyermann also met Italian directors and producers with documentary film projects under development, which she personally selected.

The presence of high-quality projects from Emilia-Romagna emerged clearly already from the selection phases and was confirmed by the interest of decision makers and Diane Weyermann in the work-in-progress documentaries produced in Emilia-Romagna.

The next appointment is set for the seventh edition of Bio to B, in Bologna, in June 2020.


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