After its initial postponement in March of this year due to the COVID-19 situation, Palma’s (Mallorca) MajorDocs will hold its second edition from September 29th to October 3rd in a hybrid format.
The films presented will only be available physically in order to support the cinemas. At the festival, each day two documentary features will be screened followed by an exclusive interview with the director(s). These have been recorded remotely and will offer the audience the chance of getting close to the authors without them being present in the screening. Films will also be eligible for two cash prizes, the Audience Award and the Jury Award. MajorDocs jury members are producer Jacques Bidou, cultural manager and programmer Andrea Guzmán, and scriptwriter, producer, and lecturer Marta Andreu.
The «slow festival» will screen 8 titles, each of which have been premiered in the most recognized documentary film festivals around the world:
- Talking About Trees, Best Documentary Film and Audience Award at Berlinale 2019
- In a Whisper, Best Film IDFA 2019
- Midnight Traveler, Special Jury Award at Sundance 2019
- Inland, winner of L’Alternativa de Barcelona
- Love Child, premiered at Toronto 2019
- Wintopia, official selection at Hot Docs, IDFA and Thessaloniki 2020
- Drømmeland, world premiere at Movies that Matter 2019
- The Last Autumn, official selection at Karlovy Vary, DOKLeipzig, CPH:DOX and San Francisco IFF
Aside from the films screened, MajorDocs will also host several industry activities, which will take place at Sa Nostra Cultural Center, and also online through the festival’s website for free. Activities include masterclasses by filmmakers José Luis Guerín and Isaki Lacuesta, producer Jaques Bidou, Docsbarcelona’s distributor Salima Jirari, and scriptwriter Marta Andreu. There will also be roundtables focused on different creative processes (DOC Sessions) and a One to One session for the professional audience.
Featured Image: Wintopia, a film by Mira Burt-Wintonick