EURODOC fosters the development of documentary film projects in a highly challenging and creative manner.
© MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU by Mladen Kovacevic - Project developed within the framework of EURODOC in 2017 - Produced by Iva Plemic Divjak (EURODOC19 Graduate, Horopter Film Production, Serbia), Mario Adamson (EURODOC19 Graduate, Sisyfos Film Production, Sweden), Ruth Reid (EURODOC17 Graduate, Sweden), Jasmina Sijercic (EURODOC17 Graduate, Bocalupo Films, France), Heino Deckert (Co-Head of EURODOC Studies & Group Leader, Ma.ja.de., Germany) and Thierry Detaille (EURODOC12 Expert, Visible Film, Belgium) - World Premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2020.
The primary mission of EURODOC is the organization 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.
The yearly training is organized in 3 one-week residential sessions (in 3 different European countries), spread over one year.
The intense nature of the working process contributes to fostering exchanges between participants and experts. It helps build the personal relations upon which is based the preparation work for co-productions and collaborations of all types and develops trans-national networks.
The main goals and objectives of the program are:
- To improve the development of documentary projects with international potential, their financing and management;
- To get a deep insight into the technological changes in the fields of development, production and distribution; To reinforce the international dimension of small and medium-sized companies;
- To encourage transnational cooperation and to provide a clear overview on the international film market situation;
- To set up a sustainable networking of skills and exchanges by bringing together the professionals and the decision makers of this sector;
- To take into account the specific needs of professionals in European countries with low audio-visual production capacity and to provide them with useful tools.
Throughout the 3 sessions, all of the basic fundamentals of production are covered: from the analysis of the artistic quality of the project, to reflecting on the relationship between the director and the producer; from the negotiations for rights clearance to the financing of the development stage; from the transmission of different production methods and budgeting to the identification of potential partners on an international level; from the drafting of different co-production agreements to the making of trailers and the pitching preparation; from the overview on the management of a production company, to the promotion and distribution (traditional and alternative) of the film once it is finished; from an insight on the documentary film market landscape to individual meetings with some of the main figures of the documentary world (commissioning editors, programmers, distributors, curators, producers).
EURODOC constitutes an observatory providing a panorama of contemporary creative documentary production, a privileged platform that provides constant updates on creative works and production systems.