Europe’s public broadcasters face increased competition from American streamers. This is especially true when it comes to documentaries, which for many EBU Members is one of the core strands of public service. The EBU Documentary group has already become the most important arena for prebuys and coproductions. Now we are taking the next step. The Big 5 is an initiative to produce five major documentaries each year.
The idea is to work together and give the best European producers and directors what they need to create remarkable films. In our previous meetings, we have discussed a financial model which would give filmmakers a fast track to money for development and production. But most of all we need to discuss ideas. Therefore, you are invited to a 2-day event to work on subjects and stories that will resonate all over Europe (and beyond).
ARD/BR has kindly offered to host us at their Funkhaus in central Munich. On the condition that travel is possible, we are presently looking at 4-5 October 2021. Save the date.
More information will follow in early September.