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.

Dates: Final session 2019: October/November 2019, Leipzig, Germany.

BDC Discoveries is a continuous training programme for qualified professionals coming from the Balkans or working on a Balkan-related topic and thus looking for a co-producer from the region, in the documentary and media sector, who would benefit from post-degree professional qualification, as well as documentary professionals who have mainly worked on their local markets and are willing to explore the international framework of operation and the possibilities of international co-productions.

BDC discoveries is for those working with documentary projects in development with international potential and a cross-media angle. The format is 7 teams of producer+writer or director. As an exception, directors in search for producers may also be selected. Three representatives of civil society organisations, broadcasters and/or funds connected to the Balkan region are invited as observers. In 2019 BDC Discoveres will continue its partnership with the UNESCO regional centre in Sofia to expand and promote documentaries dealing with this topic

BDC Discoveries is a creative laboratory for linking European professionals and their production with Balkan documentary filmmakers and producers. The key objective is to supply documentary professionals with high-quality training of non-traditional and in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of documentary audiovisual industry in Europe.

The workshop coaches teams of producer+writer/director with projects in development. Priority is given to projects which tackle acute social issues, offering various perspectives on the subject with a creative approach and thus provoking a societal debate and engagement of civil society. In addition, the programme selects observers with a decision-making function in the field of documentary film industry.

BDC Discoveries takes place within residential modules – the first and most intensive one with a focus on project development strategies and storytelling; the second one takes place at the largest regional festival and is focused on project packaging and pitching, as a pitching forum with an international jury is being organized; the third one is traditionally held at an leading industry event in order to guarantee a great visibility of our projects, professional networking and know-how sharing.
Target groupProducers, Scriptwriters, Directors
Requirements At least three years of professional experience in the documentary field, filmography.
Project-based, Without project
Junior | Intermediate