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MIPDOC 2023: The 25th International Documentary & Factual Co-Production Market

MIPDOC will expand its footprint during the 60th MIPTV, creating a world-class international screenings summit for over 500 buyers, along with:

  • MIPDOC Super Sunday features the exclusive new screenings event CANNESERIES Documentary Selections
  • MIPDOC International Buyers screenings
  • Informative panels that reveal trends and opportunities
  • And room for conversation and deal-making in the spacious MIPDOC & MIPFORMATS Producers Hub and Lounge

Billed as ‘the biggest week in unscripted television’, the 25th MIPDOC International Documentary & Factual Co-Production Market runs within the MIPTV Spring International Television Market (17-19 April 2023) in Cannes, with one pass covering all.

Read about the MIPDOC Programme below and here!

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MIPDOC Project Pitch

The MIPDOC Project Pitch 2023 is the high-profile event that sees documentary and factual producers pitch developments to international decision-makers live on stage in Cannes’ iconic Palais des Festivals.

The MIPDOC Project Pitch drew a record 160 submissions from 30 countries.

Following the global call for entries, a short list of five finalists will be selected by jury with finalists invited by MIPDOC to pitch their concepts on stage with one winning concept selected live.

Held on the spring market’s opening day (Monday 17 April), confirmed jurors for the 2023 edition include:

  • Caroline Behar, Head of International Coproductions & Acquisitions at France Télévisions;
  • Jack Oliver, Head of Co-Production at Sky;
  • Kristina Hollstein, Director, Acquisitions & Coproductions Documentaries, Children and Youth at ZDF Studios GmbH;
  • Lauren Billingsley, Senior Manager, Acquisitions at National Geographic;
  • Yukari Harada, NHK Japan
  • The session will be moderated by SVP Global Content, Non Scripted at ITV Studios, Cecilie Olsen.

Series Competition

Running alongside MIPTV, Season 6 of CANNESERIES (14-19 April) also introduces its first documentary selection, the International Documentary Series Competition.

MIPDOC buyers will have an exclusive first look at the selection during Sunday’s MIPDOC International Buyer Screenings ahead of screenings as part of CANNESERIES on Monday 17 April.


Also announced is the return of the MIPDOC Screenings Library, active from Sunday in the Palais des Festivals and offering buyers access to an unrivalled range of documentary and factual titles onsite during the market and online post-show via OneMIP.

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MIPDOC 2023 Programme

Sunday, April 16


Held on the eve of MIPTV as part of the MIPDOC Super Sunday, the MIPDOC INTERNATIONAL BUYERS SCREENINGS will offer international buyers an exclusive first-look at a curated selection of upcoming documentary and factual programmes to be launched at the market.

Monday, April 17


David Ciaramella (K7 Media) will delve into what we can learn from popular fictional storytelling of the moment, providing insight into the evolution of documentary themes that are resonating with audiences internationally and future trends that will shape the industry for years to come.

MIPDOC COPRODUCTION SUMMIT hosted by Amanda Groom of The Bridge

Keynote by Susan Zirinsky of See It Now Studios

Invitation-only gathering of influential documentary decision-makers to identify new coproduction opportunities and trends.


The MIPDOC Project Pitch is a unique pitching competition highlighting new Doc & Factual TV projects with the greatest potential for commissioning and multiplatform extension.

MIPDOC CASE STUDY: Charles: In His Own Words

Moderated by Peter Hamilton

How to produce a definitive and surprising story about a media-scrutinized celebrity who most of us think we already know?

In MIPDOC’s CHARLES: IN HIS OWN WORDS panel, Director Tom Jennings (1895 Films) and National Geographic Documentary Films’ Executive Producer Simon Raikes join me to reveal the creation of this riveting film. From intense deadlines, to discovering never-before-seen archives, the panel goes behind the scenes with the film’s creators to deconstruct how this intensely personal and evocative portrait of the British king became a reality.

(Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Tuesday, April 18


Presented by:

  • Luis Miguel Calvo, Head of Content, YOU FIRST
  • Ruth Berry, Director, Wildberry GbR


After years of qualitative stand-alone programmes, the French documentaries are embracing the serial format and already excelling at it. Let’s hear from the creators and distributors of fresh successes in documentary series.

Presented by:

  • Isabelle Graziadey, Executive Director International Copro, Sales & Acquisitions, Terranoa
  • Sarah Hemar, Director of Audiovisual, Unifrance


How to increase your chances of having your projects commissioned in the documentary and factual space? Hear from major buying companies in the genre as key content executives will share their programming, acquisition and commissioning strategies.

Producers Hub

An extended MIPDOC & MIPFORMATS Producers Hub and Lounge, set against the backdrop of Cannes’ iconic Mediterranean sea view, is designed to accommodate hundreds of meetings daily for creators, producers, commissioners, financiers and development executives.

RX France Entertainment Division Director & Director of MIPTV Lucy Smith said: “We embrace MIPTV’s leadership position as the biggest week in unscripted each April in Cannes. MIPDOC and MIPFORMATS, having already moved to the heart of the new MIPTV look, will grab an even bigger focus next spring. Going into its 60th anniversary MIPTV feels rejuvenated and more relevant than ever.”

And More!

In addition to MIPDOC, 2023’s first MIP market of the year will feature genre focused strands for Drama (MIPDRAMA), Kids (Future of Kids TV) and Formats (MIPFORMATS) – all accessible with a single registration.

MIPFORMATS will also be extended, featuring further workshops, showcases, the FRAPA summit and a new Fresh TV Formats survey from The WIT. Further announcements will follow in the run up to the Spring market. Re-shaped in 2022, MIPTV is expected to welcome more than 200 exhibitors and 2500 buyers with participants hailing from 100 countries.

MIPTV forms part of a portfolio of markets and conferences from RX France’s Entertainment Division that serve the international television distribution and production community year-round, sitting alongside MIPCANCUN (14-17 November 2023),

MIPJUNIOR, and ‘the mother of all entertainment content markets’ MIPCOM CANNES whose 39th edition will be held 16-19 October 2023.

Read the full MIPDOC 2023 programme here.