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Douglas Gordon to Guest Curate CPH:DOX 2012

Douglas Gordon to Guest Curate CPH:DOX 2012

CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen-based international documentary film festival, has announced its first of three special guest curators.

Douglas Gordon, the film and video artist behind “Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait,” will be curating a special film series at this years’ CPH:DOX. Previous guest curators include Harmony Korine and Nan Goldin.

DOX:LAB, the festival’s production program, recently announced a dozen new films in development and set to be completed in time for CPH:DOX, which begins November 1st. Find out more about the works-in-progress here.

Full press release reprinted below:

Douglas Gordon to guest curate CPH:DOX 2012 program


The leading international documentary film festival is proud to announce its first of three special guest curators & DOX:LAB film projects for the upcoming 2012 Copenhagen based doc fest.

Copenhagen, May 13th, 2012: The award winning contemporary film and video artist Douglas Gordon, who most recently featured work in James Franco’s REBEL exhibition at MOCA’s new L.A based venue – will be curating a special film series at 2012 edition of CPH:DOX which he will be attending November 1st-11th and introduce his personal selection to the Danish audiences. Gordon earned international recognition for, amongst other works, 24 Hour Psycho (1993) and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006, co-directed with Philippe Parreno), which premiered in Cannes and won the New Vision Award at CPH:DOX that year.

Harmony Korine, Animal Collective, and Nan Goldin can be counted among the dozens of artists who have been guest curators in the past and of people who contributed to the artistic ritual making CPH:DOX’s vision an exceptionally unique film showcase.

Reflecting CPH:DOX experimental ethos, the festival’s 2003 initiative to create a bridge between hybrid film formats and visual art practices continues to CPH:DOX Executive Director Tine Fisher’s vision for the documentary film culture.

CPH:DOX has always been at the forefront of where arts and film practices are given a unique position. I continue to want to take documentary film in as many directions as possible, and that’s also why I am particularly thrilled that Douglas Gordon has accepted our invitation to be part of a special program.” said CPH Tine Fisher.

Most recently, CPH:FORUM – the festival’s built in film financing forum – also launched the ART:FILM SYMPOSIUM; an international platform launched alongside the festival in 2011 as an integrated part of the financing forum where the focus is put on the production of feature length works in the borderland between visual art and film.

The event connects artists, professional filmmakers and institutions from two different worlds to exchange knowledge, ideas and contacts, and to highlight new collaboration and funding methods to support filmmakers and artists working in both areas with completed works being conceptualized to be screened both within the institution of cinema and that of visual arts.

Additionally, DOX:LAB, the cross-cultural production program of CPH:DOX, is well into its third year and proud to announce a dozen of new films in development and set to be completed and ready to screen at CPH:DOX 2012. Projects include collaborations between award-winning filmmakers Marie Losier and Rania Attieh who are working on an impressionistic dual portrait of life off stage and in the ring of aging women wrestlers in Mexico City. Award-winning filmmaker Nicolas Pereda from Mexico and his Danish counterpart Jacob Schulsinger are already editing their exiting film, a hybrid story about the Mexican revolution. Indonesian wonder kid Edwin and Norwegian artist/filmmaker Thomas Østbye, who are well along on their film project about image making and losing control.

I am so happy to have this wonderful opportunity thanks to DOX:LAB. It’s an honor, and I have never collaborated with another filmmaker before on directing a film. With Rania we are both equally excited to a new challenge. CPH:DOX is inspiring and really helps us filmmakers to make a film that we imagine” said director Marie Losier.

Full list of DOX:LAB film projects can be found at www.doxlab.dk.

In addition CPH:DOX is hosting a special edition of DOX:LAB focused solely on European art talents. This edition will take place between 11-17 June and will elaborate on the success of the two day ART:FILM symposium held during CPH:DOX 2011.

European DOX:LAB will benefit from and expand on the festival’s profile and its special focus on hybrid formats between visual art and cinema. DOX:LAB was initially created as a project aiming to facilitate exchange across different cultures of filmmaking, and to create a space where innovative narrative forms could be explored.  This particular edition, where we will pair three Danish and three European visual artists working with projects between film and art, has the following objectives:

·      match visual artists working with film/video

·      to build up a European network bridging traditional film production and art, by training the selected artist in co-operation with a film producer

·      to explore longer narrative forms within the field of art cinema

·      to train the participants in navigating the art film funding and distribution structure

Confirmed participants are Melanie Gilligan (UK) & WoolooMartin Rosengaard & Sixten Kai Nielsen (DK), Ursula Mayer (Austria) & Katja Sander (DK) and Michel Auder  (France) & Ulrik Heltoft (DK.)


CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is the largest documentary film festival in Scandinavia. Each year the festival fills the Copenhagen cinemas with a selection of more than 200 documentary films from around the world. The festival is dedicated to supporting independent and innovative filmmaking from around the world and presents the latest tendencies in non-fiction, art cinema and experimental film. On a yearly basis, CPH:DOX presents about 200 films, several art exhibitions, concerts, professional masterclasses & seminars.

CPH:FORUM is a three day international event dedicated to help facilitate the development and financing of creative and visually stroung film projects

ART:FILM SYMPOSIUM is a new international platform which focuses on the production of feature length works in the borderland between film and visual arts

DOX:LAB is a cross-cultural training and prodution program for selected international filmmakers



Submit your film to CPH:DOX at www.cphdox.dk where you can also find more information about the festival.

Entry deadlines are

·      01 JUN 2012: For films completed between 2012 – May 2012

·      01 AUG 2012: For films completed after May 2012

CPH:FORUM is open for submissions from 01 JUN – 1 SEP 20112 via the online entry form at www.cphdox.dk

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