The San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-Production Forum, organised by IBAIA, receives the support of ELKARGI and thanks to this agreement and alongside other measures, the San Sebastian LAU HAIZETARA Documentary Co-Production Forum will increase its prize for the best project presented during the pitching session to €5,000.

 The main objective of this award is to take another step forward in the development process of quality documentary genre projects and in the collaboration to set them in motion.

This award is open for all the projects that will participate in the pitching sessions, on the 21 of September 2022.

The Panel of Commissioning Editors, acting as the jury, will choose the winning project, based on the presentation, originality, treatment and dissemination potential.

The name of the winning project will be revealed during the Forum’s closing ceremony, which will take place on September 21 at 20:00.

Distribution and Festival Consultancy Treeline Award

The XVIII edition of the San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-production Forum, in collaboration with Treeline Distribution, will grant, for the nineth time, a Consultancy Award in distribution and Festivals, which consists of two advisory sessions about the project.

A first consultancy session during the documentary development stage, and a second one once the documentary is finished.

The objective is to offer the best commercial distribution strategy to follow (selection of distribution company or sales agent, television, internet, cinema, etc.) and suggest a guide to which are the most appropriate festivals, depending on the content and style of the documentary.

TREELINE DISTRIBUTION is a Spanish distributor created by Luisa Romeo and Elena Mera, two professionals with a long career in both domestic and international distribution. Luisa Romeo has worked in companies such as Filmanova, Explora Films and Transglobe Films, among others, and Elena Mera has worked in Antena 3 TV, New Atlantis and Plural Entertainment.

The independent sales agent active throughout the world and in all media (TV, Theatrical, Home video, digital platforms, etc.), selects carefully the titles it represents, taking into account the key criteria of internationalisation, the fruit of experience acquired over many years of work in the sector.

IBAIA-BILIBIN Circular Award

The IBAIA – Bilibin Circular Prize will be awarded to one of the projects presented in the San Sebastián LAU HAIZETARA Forum, which will be held on September 21 and will consist of an environmental consultancy, through several online work sessions, with the aim of helping the project to fulfil the necessary requirements established by the different administrations to gain access to the corresponding aid packages.

Bilibin Circular is a circular economy consultancy involved in the transformation process of companies towards sustainability. In the field of the audiovisual sector, it is responsible for the Technical Secretariat of the Project “Basque Green Film”, set in motion by the Department of Culture of the Basque Government.

San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Forum – FIPADOC Biarritz Award

IBAIA (Association of Independent Audio-Visual Producers of the Basque Country) and the FIPADOC Biarritz strengthen their relationship within the framework of the activities carried out in both events to boost the audiovisual industry.

As a result of this agreement, a project that has been present at FIPADOC Biarritz, will be chosen by our Selection Committee and will have the possibility to participate in the San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Forum. Furthermore, one of the projects participating in the Lau Haizetara Forum will also be present at the next edition of FIPADOC Biarritz (January 2023). 

San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Forum – DocsBarcelona Documentary Festival Award

DocsBarcelona and the San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Forum mantain their collaboration agreement which will be favourable to the exchange of documentary projects between both events.

The aim of this alliance is to boost the presence of projects in two different complementary and specialised markets for the documentary genre, and to encourage them to complete their development and financing process.

The union of efforts between these organizing entities, allows that each year one of the projects presented at the San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Forum and one of the projects participating in the speed meetings of DocsBarcelona, are present in both markets. These projects will be selected by the respective Selection Committees.