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Project development / Co-production / Management & financing / Audience development, marketing, distribution & exhibition / Documentary

BDC Discoveries

BDC Discoveries seeks to encourage innovative documentary collaborations with the Balkans and create structures for sharing know-how and expertise.
BDC Discoveries 2017 consists of three modules led by international tutors and observing decision makers (representatives of the film industry, broadcasters, civil and/or government institutions, funding bodies, established experts). The format is master classes with case studies, lectures, screenings, individual and group work. The objective is to provide high-quality professional training and non-traditional, in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge. Participants apply with a project in development or as a decision-making observer.

There are three modules:

Module Sofia – 7-14 May 2018 - with focus on project development, storytelling, budgeting and international co-production strategies. 

Module Prizren – August 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed)– in the framework of a successful long-term partnership, this year the follow-up and package presentation session will be held at DokuFest in Kosovo http://www.dokufest.com It will  focus on marketing, pitching preparation and distribution. BDC Pitching forum takes place, as observers are members of the pitching jury.

Module Jihlava – second half of October 2018 – attending the biggest Central European documentary film festival Jihlava IFF, we will bring our participants on the high international level, advancing in this way intensive networking that would lead to more visibility of the Balkan filmmakers and would enable possible collaborations. http://www.dokument-festival.com/  (optional for observers)   



The focus is on review of the script package and treatment, presentation, marketing, budgeting and business strategic planning, as well as pitching tips and preparation.

Collaborations between Western Europe and the Balkan region are encouraged. Professionals from Western Europe who are looking for partners in the Balkans are welcome to apply.

This course is desinged for documentary film directors/writers and producers with a project in development. Decision-makers in the documentary field as observing experts (commissioning editors, representatives of media business, funding and government bodies, institutions).
Learning outcomesProfessional skills to work in a European framework and embrace best practices and tools, networking in a strong and supportive professional community, high-quality development of documentary projects, sharing valuable know-how of documentary production and distribution.
Target groupProducers, Scriptwriters, Directors
Requirements At least three years of professional experience in the documentary field, filmography.
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Project-based, Without project
Junior | Intermediate
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1000 (per team with a project, covers all three modules), 500 (per observing decision-maker).
Reimbursement of participation fee and/or <25% of travel expenses to limited number of participants.
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Included
Included
Application Deadline