Documentary / Project development / Coproduction

Documentary Campus Masterschool

The Documentary Campus Masterschool is an intensive ten-month programme, which offers filmmakers across Europe an opportunity to access the international documentary market and to develop new business strategies. The focus of the Masterschool is on the development of series, as well as on virtual reality projects.
Over the course of four workshops, 15 selected European producer/director teams are assisted in developing their documentaries for the traditional TV market as well as for new digital platforms. Each team is backed by two experts from the media industry who are matched to their needs.

At the Leipzig Networking Days the teams then present their fully developed projects to leading commissioning editors and buyers from all over the world.

The programme for 2018 is: 

• February 2018
Fifteen of the submitted projects are selected for the Masterschool;

• March 2018
The producer/director teams are interviewed via Skype before the first workshop;

• April 2018
The producer/director teams receive intense mentoring to prepare for the first workshop;

• June/August/October 2018
The teams are invited to three intensive 5-day workshops and trained to pitch their film ideas;

• October 2018
At the Leipzig Networking Days, the teams present their fully developed projects to leading commissioning editors from around the world;

• November 2018
In the fourth and final workshop after the pitching, the teams are debriefed about the Leipzig pitch results and assisted in designing their finance and launch strategies.

Public Industry Training Events are held in conjunction with the Documentary Campus Masterschool. These are meeting places for exchanging expertise and building international relationships. The number and variety of specialised experts ensures the high quality of each event and guarantees that Documentary Campus keeps the finger on the pulse of current trends in the international media field. The Industry Training Events take place in various European cities.

For the Industry Training Events Documentary Campus partners with established festivals and markets in Europe such as Sheffield Doc/Fest and MIPDoc.
Learning outcomesHelp developing your film ideas, networking opportunities to find co-production partners, contact with leading commissioning editors and advice on how to appeal to international audiences.
Target groupProducers, Directors
Requirements Applicants should be experienced in producing for their domestic market and striving to work on an international level. Good English knowledge skills are required as well as the openness to develop the project further.
Intermediate | Senior
None None, but project development and vocational training costs (8,000 per participant) must be repaid when the developed project goes into production – market-based project development costs can be included in final production budget.