The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is pleased to announce that the 19th annual Congress will take place November 29 to December 2, 2011, in Paris, France at host hotel the Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel, Paris. This year’s Congress is made possible with the incredible support of Host Broadcaster France Télévisions.
Following a string of sold-out successes in Manchester (2006), New York (2007), Florence (2008), Melbourne (2009) and Dresden (2010), this year’s Congress again promises to be a must-attend event for industry professionals working in specialist factual television. Last year’s record-breaking Congress, which sold out weeks prior to opening, welcomed more than 600 international broadcasters, producers and distributors from 29 countries. Exit surveys indicate that 85 per cent of members were able to both advance their projects and find new production partners at the Congress. The 2011 event promises more in-depth panels, valuable networking opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime social events all happening in one of the world’s most beloved cities.
This year’s WCSFP will feature an outstanding three-day program of workshops, networking events, pitch sessions, and panels that will reveal emerging content trends and highlight important industry issues. More than 200 broadcast representatives attend from such broadcasters as: France Télévisions, ARTE, ABC, BBC, CBC, Channel 4, Discovery, MDR, National Geographic, NDR, NHK, Rai, WGBH, Thirteen/WNET, YLE and ZDF. The 2010 Congress achieved a two-to-one ratio of independent producers to broadcasters, ensuring plenty of valuable time for networking and deal-making.
The WCSFP will also feature the return of popular services including Close Encounters of the Funding Kind and International Broadcasting Landscape Overview sessions, as well as evening networking events and special social activities that will take advantage of Paris’s many historic and cultural attractions.
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is a not-for-profit, member-run organization dedicated to celebrating the best in specialist factual production. Past Congresses have been held in Dresden (2010), Melbourne (2009), Florence (2008), New York (2007), Manchester (2006), Tokyo (2005), Toronto (2004), Paris (2003), Berlin (2002), and Washington, D.C. (2001). It is administered by a board of directors and a steering committee that deals primarily with editorial matters. The 19th annual Congress is managed by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on behalf of the WCSFP.