This is a documentary with a difference - it's about toilets. It comes billed as a 'meditation in pictures and words on very common spaces rarely seen in films.'
Details of this year's masterclasses in Nyon have also been confirmed. Dutch-Indonesian director Leonard Retel Helmrich (whose credits include Shape Of The Moon and Eye Of The Day) will be in charge of one workshop. Actress-director Claire Simon will likewise be in attendance. The festival is also planning to showcase a series of radio documentaries in its Radio Docu sidebar.
Meanwhile, Nyon is continuing to build up its market, Doc Outlook-International Market, which attracts about 500 industry delegates from 22 different countries. This year, theatrical distributors and TV buyers will be able to see all available product on VOD - Video On Demand. The market includes pitching sessions for feature-length documentaries focused on theatrical releases. Here, newcomers and established filmmakers are invited to pitch their feature-length projects in front of producers, commissioning editors, financiers and distributors.
It looks likely that the Festival will change its dates in 2009 or 2010 in order to move further away from rival Canadian event Hot Docs (which runs from 19-29 April) and to ensure a little more distance from Cannes. Festival organisers are considering a switch to early June dates. This will have to wait for at least a year because of the Euro 2008 soccer championship, which is being held in Switzerland.