ARTE EDITORIAL GUIDELINES - page 26

DOCUMANIA
The DOCUMANIA slot during the second phase of Sunday evening prime time targets a broad
family audience with an assumed lower age limit of around 45 years.
It centres on figures who are well known in both France and Germany and whose life or work is
typical of a particular field (especially cinema or the fine arts) or a cultural or historical period
from the mid-20th century onwards. While this person’s life will always be situated within a
broader context, the focus is on their personal story. Newly discovered facts and recent images
may cast that story in a new light.
Theme-based films will occasionally be accepted if they are devoted to a well-known object or
phenomenon which has had a defining influence on a particular period or place or resonates
deeply with it. These films, too, will adopt a portrait format to tell a gripping story.
DOCUMANIA is easily accessible. The title and the first few minutes of the film can be
understood without further explanation. The technique is original, but the statements and
narrative are always clear and unambiguous. A hallmark of these programmes is the high
quality of visual and acoustic material, with a selection of imagery that offers breadth and
variety. The dramaturgy is founded on efficient, fast-paced storytelling, ideally designed to hold
the viewer’s attention to the end.
DOCUMANIA programmes last 52’, but 90’ may be acceptable in exceptional cases.
There might be a link between DOCUMANIA and the feature film screened beforehand,
especially if the documentary is about an actor.
The Documania slot is part of the annual special season “Summer of” (6 programmes).
LENGTH AND GENRE
52 minutes
Sunday, latter half of the evening
Documentaries
ARTE GEIE UNIT:
KNOWLEDGE
SLOT CODE:
616
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