Project development / Production / Company development / Co-production / Management & financing / Documentary


Training Program for Documentary Producers

The primary mission of EURODOC is the organisation of a yearly training program for producers with a creative documentary project in the development stage. It is also open to professionals involved in the support of documentary film production. 

Session 1: Development, March.
Session 2: Coproduction, Financing & Packaging, June.
Session 3: Meetings with Experts, October.

Application deadline: 1 December 2020

EURODOC fosters the development of documentary film projects with high standards of quality and creativity. EURODOC accepts all documentaries, essays and experimental films that reflect a diversity of genres and different forms of cinematic approaches. The projects are evaluated based on their artistic content and their state of development. Projects must be in development, preferably at an early production stage so that the participant can benefit fully from the training. Projects must also be suitable for a co-production and present guarantees in terms of feasibility. 

EURODOC is organised in 3 one-week residential sessions in 3 different European countries, spread over one year.

The first session focuses on analysing each of the participants’ projects in terms of script and development in order to consolidate their overall consistency. Individual meetings with experts support this group work. During this session, filmmakers can take part in the individual meetings and the discussion of their projects in the working groups together with their producers. The plenary sessions cover issues such as storytelling and narrative structure, the relationship between the editor, filmmaker and the producer, intellectual property rights, the acquisition of rights and the sourcing of development funding. Two case studies are organized, as well as a master class with the Filmmaker Mentor of the Year.

During the second session, participants finalise the packaging of their projects and focus on:
  • Budgeting: definition of artistic ambitions of the project and its production mode;
  • Financing: identification of the diverse partners capable of co-financing, on a national and international level;
  • Packaging: preparation of the dossier in terms of creative, technical, legal and financial aspects;
  • Co-producing: reaching different agreements and contracts that are compatible with each other.

The participants also work on the production of trailers. A debate is organized with distributors, on the changing trends of the documentary film market, the festival circuit, theatrical distribution, Internet, new modes of consumption and emerging markets. 

This session is mainly dedicated to the one-to-one meetings with experts. For 3 days, individual meetings of 45’ each are organised for the participants with the experts whose profiles are considered most relevant to provide an appraisal of their project and advice for its development.

Around 400 one-to-one meetings are organised between the Tuesday and the Friday. These meetings are intensively prepared during the first 2 days of the session in the groups with the tutor. All the decision-makers invited present the editorial lines and eventually the financial capacities of their channels. Two case studies are presented. Plenaries focus on company management, current trends in the documentary film market, and interesting new or alternative distribution models.
Target groupProducers, Distributors & sales agents, Funders & financiers, Commissioning editors, Production managers
Requirements Producers with a documentary project in development with an international potential. Participants can also come from the documentary departments of broadcasters or from institutions funding documentary productions.
Project-based, Without project
Intermediate | Senior
2800 Fees for non-European participants: EUR 1400