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

ESoDoc – European Social Documentary

ESoDoc - European Social Documentary is a training initiative for media professionals who are eager to develop the potential of their documentary and new media project.

ESoDoc aims to strengthen the ability for innovative and audience-centered documentary and new media storytelling, so that participants can be a creative and active part in the evolving market dynamics and respond to its trends in ground-breaking, collaborative and interdisciplinary ways. 

ESoDoc participants are creative professionals, committed to social issues, open and willing to get involved and to experiment on their project with new formats, new business and co-creative production models.

ESoDoc is designed for authors, directors and creative producers who are willing to dedicate time and energy in the creative development process at ESoDoc, who want to approach their project from different angles and explore new forms and new formats of audiovisual production. We welcome also other media professionals such as journalists, communication designers, programmers, NGO communication responsible, etc.

ESoDoc offers:

  • 6 months of intense project-development process
  • dedicated and profoundly passionate trainers, active professionals  from the real working world
  • three intense one-week residential sessions held in three different locations across Europe
  • extended Online Sessions taking place in the in-between periods and as follow-up
  • one-to-one tutoring by international experts


Target groupProducers, Directors, Content developers, Cinematographers, Animation professionals, Journalists, NGO communicators, Web designers, Game designers, Programmers
Requirements Participating with project: project proposals must be researched enough to identify at least the main characters and there must be original visual materials related to the proposal. All participants who want to develop a crossmedia project are asked to have a graphic designer in their team by the second session.

Participating without project: only professionals coming from different industry sectors (i.e. designers, web developers, NGO officers etc.) may participate without project. This is intended to foster the interdisciplinary approach of the workshop.



Intermediate | Senior
1500 Reduced fee (EUR 750) for applicants from: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine
Applicant must submit their latest tax return to be eligible for scholarship.