The EURODOC Pedagogical team (Head of Studies, Group Leaders, analysts, experts, consultants) is composed of professionals actively engaged in the sector that are directly and continuously exposed to changing trends, problems and evolutions in the documentary sector. They are constantly reflecting on how to improve the program. Feedback from the participants of the previous sessions is taken into strong account in order to check that the content proposed addressed their needs. This reflection is also carried out thanks to the large EURODOC network, enabling the Pedagogical committee to consult a wide panel of the most relevant figures of each sector of the audio-visual industry for suggestions and information.  Therefore, each year, the proposal for master classes, case studies, plenary session is re-discussed on the basis of the most recent evolutions in the documentary sector. By proposing master classes with prominent figures from the documentary sector, EURODOC provides a unique opportunity for reflection and discussion on the future forms of documentary film funding and for learning about new forms of creation and production.

The pedagogy of EURODOC is based first of all on an ethical approach to the profession. A EURODOC producer is someone who is inspired by a love for cinema, but also by a strong desire to play an active role in her/his society, with the belief that creative documentary filmmaking addresses the others in terms of sharing outlooks and knowledge.

The highly 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 Head of Studies of EURODOC is composed of:



Maria Bonsanti 
EURODOC Program Director 
(former artistic director of Cinéma du Réel and Festival dei Popoli)

Maria has a long experience working with film festivals (Locarno Film Festival, the Festival dei Popoli in Florence as co-director in 2011, and Cinéma du Réel in Paris as artistic director for 5 years). She has been a jury member for several festivals and participated in several workshops and programs.

Jacques Bidou
Producer (JBA Production, France)
& tutor of the French-Speaking Group

Jacques has produced more than 120 films, both documentaries and fiction, presented and awarded in the most important film festivals worldwide such as Chroniques Sud-Africaines, Diario en Medellin or Carnets d’un Combattant Kurde. As a producer of fiction, he has contributed to reveal talents such as Rithy Panh, Merzak Allouache or Pablo Agüero. As a graduate from INSAS in Brussels, he has been the administrator of the FEMIS school as well as a founding member of EURODOC, of which he has been the Head of Studies for 15 years. He has been the Director of Studies for Docmed and a Group Leader for EAVE Greece and President of the Ateliers Varan for 8 years.

Heino Deckert 
Producer/Distributor (, Germany)
& tutor of the English-Speaking Group

Heino is a producer and the managing director of Filmproduktion and Fiction and is a shareholder of Blinker Filmproduktion, he also manages Deckert Distribution. He has produced more than 100 award-winning documentaries with directors like Victor Kossakovsky, Sergei Loznitsa and Thomas Heise. Being in the business for years, he has gained an excellent inside knowledge of the documentary market. He regularly lectures on production and distribution. He was the chairman of the European Documentary Network (EDN) from 2006-2008.

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