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Documentary / Project development / Coproduction

Documentary Campus Masterschool

The Documentary Campus Masterschool is composed of the Documentary Campus Masterschool Workshops and the Documentary Campus Industry Sessions. 

Timeline 2021:

• January 2021
Fifteen of the submitted projects are selected for the Masterschool by an international selection committee and interviewed via Skype

• February - March 2021
The teams receive intense mentoring to prepare for the first workshop

• March/June/August/October 2021
The teams are invited to four intensive residential workshops connected to international industry events; interlaced by additional webinars

• October 2021
At the pitching forum - the Leipzig Networking Days - the teams present their fully developed projects to leading commissioning editors and buyers from around the world

• November/December 2021
Teams are debriefed and assisted in designing their finance and outreach strategies

Application deadline for 2021: 15 November 2020

Each workshop takes place alongside an international industry event or market in a different European city and addresses a unique aspect of international (co-)production. Dates, locations and trainers are subject to change!
The Masterschool is an intensive ten-month training programme. It offers media professionals across Europe an excellent opportunity to access the international documentary market and to develop new business strategies. Over the course of four workshops, 15 carefully selected European producer/director teams are assisted in developing, financing and marketing their factual based format for public release, be it the traditional TV market or new digital platforms. Throughout the whole course, 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, buyers, foundations and distributors from all over the world.

Topics covered include: Storytelling, Script and Treatment-Writing
• Narrative Strategies
• Alternative Formats & New Audiences
• New Technologies (VR & AR)
• Audience Development
• Impact Producing
• Cross-Media & Online Marketing
• Pitching
• Trailer Production
• Archive & Clearances
• Legal Aspects of International Co-Productions
• Distribution, Sales & Festival Strategies
• International Markets & Funding Opportunities
• Financing & Funding Strategy
• Budgeting & International Co-Producing


Industry Training Sessions


A variety of public Industry Training Sessions tackle the most trending topics of the industry and discuss the challenges, developments and innovations taking place in the international non-fiction film market. The Industry Training Sessions are open to a broad professionally interested audience and offer outstanding networking opportunities. They typically consist of hands-on presentations, high-quality case studies and well-guided panel discussions as our programmes are carefully crafted by renowned curators from the industry. They take place in various European cities. The programme for 2021 is:

CPH:CONFERENCE, 26-30 April 2021, Copenhagen
MASTER'S PITCH, 7 May 2021, Munich
(Deadlne for submissions: 1 February 2021)
CINELINK INDUSTRY TALKS, 13-20 August 2021, Sarajevo
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.
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Project-based
Intermediate | Senior
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None None, but project development and vocational training costs (8,000 per participant) must be repaid when the developed project goes into production and must be budgeted for in the final project.
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