Documentary / Project development / Production / Co-production / Audience development, marketing, distribution & exhibition / Digital & multimedia

ESoDoc – European Social Documentary

ESoDoc is the training initiative for media professionals and “cross-thinkers” who want to increase the impact and outreach of their documentary films and cross-media projects by developing new storytelling skills, networking over different platforms, discovering new forms of team building, producing, financing and new distribution strategies.
ESoDoc offers three intense one-week residential sessions held over a period of six months, combined with Extended Online Sessions (EOS) for market related topics, project tutoring and networking with festivals and other market events. With the support of top-rated professionals, participants will improve their storytelling skills, master the art of project developing, prototyping and pitching. You will discover new forms of team-building and networking and will get an insight into international coproduction, financing and distribution strategies.

During the workshops, participants are tutored by a network of international experts on the development of the projects. Emphasis is placed on building up strong storytelling along with new production possibilities (collaborative media) and communication tools. We explore new funding and distribution strategies, both on traditional channels as well as new media channels, such as the web and new crowdfunding platforms.

ESoDoc trains its participants to be better equipped for the challenges of the changing audiovisual market, and enables professionals to better engage with audiences across different platforms and maximise the outreach and impact of the projects.

The workshop is open to professionals with or without their own project.

During the three sessions participants will:
- assist ground-breaking lectures from prominent worldwide professionals and discover what is new, controversial and seminal in documentary film making;
- work individually (one-to-one meetings) and in groups to develop their documentary or cross-media project;
- take practical courses in storytelling/writing techniques, cross-media production, participatory media;
- be trained in pitching skills and present their projects in front of renowned experts at the final public pitching session, as well as during one-to-one meetings;
- participate in the Extended Online Sessions (EOS) for project tutoring and networking with festivals and other market events
Learning outcomesWidening of storytelling skills across different platforms, ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, understanding of new market developments and diverse production processes in traditional and new media markets, comprehension of alternative financing and distribution solutions, pitching skills.
Target groupProducers, Directors, Content developers, Cinematographers, Animation professionals
Requirements Experience, commitment to social themes, openness to new forms of audiovisual production and team building, will to collaborate with professionals from other crossing sectors.



Project-based, Without project
Intermediate | Senior
FULL FEE: 1500 with project/1.200 without project // REDUCED FEE: 700 with project/600 without project The full fee is applied to participants coming from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The reduced fee is applied to participants coming from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine.
Applicant must submit their latest tax return to be eligible for scholarship.
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