State of the Art

In partnership with Creative Europe Media Desks, each edition of State of the Art aims at launching a debate on an industry topic, which will be analysed together with experts. In 2020, in collaboration with the Creative Europe Desks from Portugal, Austria, Italy (Turin) and Spain (Basque Country), the topic will be the distribution of films in different contexts and European countries. An afternoon with speakers, discussions and group work, intending to contribute to a wider discussion about the European film market.

The European Documentary Marketplace – Connecting the Dots
A conference and a debate on circulation and distribution, bringing together some of the most relevant international representatives from different circuits who will talk about their experience, perspective and case studies, and contribute to the debate and sharing of best practices on the different approaches and models of circulation of cinematographic works. Aiming at distribution / release of European documentaries, this initiative focusses on the role of international festivals, distributors, exhibitors and digital platforms.

In collaboration with
• Creative Europe Media Desk Austria, Esther Krausz
• Creative Europe Media Desk Euskadi (Spain), Ainhoa González Sanchiz
• Creative Europe Media Desk Italy (Torino office), Silvia Sandrone
• Creative Europe Media Desk Portugal, Susana Costa Pereira

OCT 27 (tue) / from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm (UTC+0), Zoom Meetings

The event will be recorded and live streamed on Doclisboa’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

The session will be held in English, with no translation
Free admission, upon application


Alessandro Gropplero
Fondo Audiovisivo FVG (Italy)

Head of international relations of the FVG Audiovisual Fund since May 2007. In this capacity he has planned the international policy of the fund and managed a variety of initiatives, such as “When East Meets West Co- Production Forum”, “Ties that Bind Asia-Europe Producers Workshop” (both supported by the Creative Europe Programme) and “RE-ACT Co- Development Funding Scheme”. He is a board member of Eurodoc and member of the European Film Academy.

Pedro Borges
Midas Filmes (Portugal)

He was born in 1957 and has a degree in history. He taught and then worked as film journalist. He has been working in film distribution, exhibition and production since 1990. He created Midas Filmes in 2006, which is currently the most significant film distributor in Portugal, aside from also producing films—mainly documentary films, but also fiction films. In 2014, he renovated and reopened Cinema Ideal in the heart of Lisbon.

Rubén Corral
Zinebi – Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film (Spain)
Programming advisor at Azkuna Zentroa’s Cinematheque (Bilbao). Has curated screenings on Basque contemporary cinema at the Film Library of Navarre, Indiana University Cinema and Alhóndiga Bilbao, and collaborated with FICUNAM International Film Festival and Gijón International Film Festival. At Zinebi, has curated retrospectives of film-makers like Wang Bing, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Marco Bellocchio, among others.

Salma Abdalla, CEO
Autlook Filmsales (Austria)

Based in Vienna and LA, Autlook Filmsales is one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and doc series. It offers a full spectrum of distribution, customised sales and festival strategies that helps maximize revenues, audience engagement that fosters film-makers’ careers, and an endless passion for the art of documentaries. Salma Abdalla started to work at Autlook in 2005.


Susana Costa Pereira (head of the Creative Europe Desk MEDIA Portugal)
Miguel Ribeiro (co-director of Doclisboa)