The highly intense nature of the EURODOC Training contributes to foster the exchanges between participants and between participants and experts.
In the short term, the participant develops a project, with a potential interest for partners internationally. At the same time they have the opportunity to create a network of around 130 professionals from approximately 20 different countries, whom they will meet during the yearly program, gaining privileged access to the key player professionals of the documentary market.
In the longer term, they will be able to define an international development strategy for their productions as well as for their companies.
The training is a true booster and accelerator for the career development. The participants acquire competences enabling them to develop ambitious projects and strategies for their companies outside their national markets.
Former participants are among the leading actors in the current European documentary sector, with films presented at leading film festivals (Cannes Film Festival, Berlinale, Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia), at the most relevant documentary festivals, and which are widely broadcasted and theatrically released.
EURODOC has always been distinguished by the high percentage of successfully completed films: around 80% of the participants’ film projects are produced after completion of the training program. More than 60% of the alumni have developed more than 5 documentary projects after participating in EURODOC, and 30% have produced between 2 to 4 projects. 82% of former participants have co-produced with 2 to 5 countries (47% with 5 countries and more). 68 countries are represented in these co-productions: 25 from the EU, 43 outside the EU.
SOME FEEDBACK FROM EURODOC ALUMNI:
Eurodoc was one of the best training I followed. It has been extremely helpful on both levels: development of my project and my own professional development. Very grateful I did, and I really hope it will go on for many years. It makes the field of European independent documentary production healthier, stronger and more meaningful.
(Jean-Laurent CSINIDIS - FILMS DE FORCE MAJEURE - France)
It was one of the most valuable professional experiences of my career so far. Knowledge gained, friendships made and an international of producers now within contact. I have already begun some international coproductions with other participants. THANK YOU EURODOC!
(Ruth REID - GID FILMS - United Kingdom)
Eurodoc training has already made a great impact on my work: I am working at the project of another Eurodoc’s participant and also I am thinking of co-producing my own projects with other people from Eurodoc. A network has been clearly established for future projects.
(Constanza SANZ PALACIOS - CONSTANZA SANZ PALACIOS FILMS SRL - Argentina)
Eurodoc has given me access to a new network of potential co-producer and broadcasters, and the training has been helping our project a lot. Now, I feel more confident developing other projects.
(Adam PAJOT GENDRON - TORTUGA FILMS - Canada)
I've been part of a few trainings/workshops, but this one stands out, both when it comes to quality and intensity/time. Great to have a group leader/expert/mentor that always pushes you to take a step further (persistent that it always can be better), and that has definitely had an impact - eye openers - when it comes to which way one can go financially, but also when it comes to how to write an treatment and present your project. I believe my work now is more focused and clear than before.
(Sturla PILSKOG - BLÅST FILM – Norway)
Eurodoc proved that 9 month period can be super efficient to start from an idea to a clear cut proposal to present it. Also the network of colleagues is a must and with it the shared knowledge.
(Kristof BILSEN – LIMERCIK FILMS - Belgium)
I definitely learned a lot. Especially from the insider information that our tutor was sharing from the decades of his personal experience, and also while listening about development strategies of other projects. And I met people that will collaborate in the future, actually several producers from Eurodoc, both from English and French group are involved in my projects already.
(Mladen KOVACEVIC - HOROPTER FILM PRODUCTION - Serbia)
I met people with whom I will continue to work with for a long time!
(Merle RUEFFER - FRUITMARKET GMBH - Germany)
En tant que rédactrice, de nombreuses infos entendues à Eurodoc me seront utiles et aidantes dans le cadre de futures coproductions. Plus concrètement, je suis entrain de faire une coproduction pour une série web avec l'un des participants d’Eurodoc.
(Anne-Laure GOUGEON - ARTE GEIE - France)
Eurodoc helped me a lot to consolidate my skills on the co-productions and to give me an overview of what the international market is.
(Barbara CONFORTI - MAGNETO - France)
Incredible. The excellence of the exchanges with the experts cover a wide range of feedbacks at the time the high-profile of the experts was astonishing, not only concerned to the projects in EuroDoc but as an opportunity to meet the top decision-makers with a time that would have been impossible to get in a different situation.
(Federico Delpero Bejar – Proxemica, Spain)
Very interesting experts! Great that we could have the OTO with the commissioning editors, who can really make decisions. Good mix!
(Magalie Dierick – Cassette For Timescapes, Belgium)
My network of international producers and contacts has grown bigger and faster than I could have imagined, and I really feel I am at least starting to understand the market. The stamp of Eurodoc on a Producer / Project is also really valuable.
(Beth Allan – The Forest of Black Ltd, United Kingdom)
I consider EURODOC as a career challenger, booster activity and network builder. I learned a lot, experienced thoughts in a small safe environment in our groups. Now I will just put it in practice.
(Cristina Ceausu – Adenium Film, Romania)
EURODOC had a strong and positive impact on my work as producer. As I am in a early stage of my career, Eurodoc helped me a lot to improve the creative skills needed to accompany the projects. Also the training gave me more self-confidence in dealing with directors and other producers. Another aspect that was really meaningful for me was the ethics of production that Jacques shared with us, it was really a reference in the way of working and dealing with creative and financial issues.
(Margot Mecca – Malfe Film, Italy)
I’ve got a new network of partners in Europe, and in just a couple of days my company has been identified by at least fifteen distributors/broadcasters.
(Eugénie Michel-Villette – Les Films du Bilboquet, France)
Eurodoc not only help me to go further with my project but also allow me to find other projects that I co-produce.
(Heejung Oh – Seesaw Pictures, South Korea)
I feel I have become a producer with 15 years of experience in the industry during one single year! And I am not even talking about all the crucial contacts (not only experts, but my friends and colleagues – the other participants).
(Katerina Traburova – Nutprodukce, Czech Republic)
It was the priceless experience, valuable contacts and great ideas for the projects progress.
(Olga Beskhmelnytsina – Magika Film, Ukraine)
Eurodoc provided us with a great stepping-stone for our projects and most certainly with great contacts and instruction.
(Svetla Turnin – Cinema Politica Productions, Canada)
EURODOC was very important step not only for development of my project but also developing my producers’ skills.
(Boris Despodov – Arthouse Blockbusters Ltd, Bulgaria)
Having this deep exchange about development / writing/ relation to story and author got me so much closer to content of the work itself. Now I also have a very nice network I can work with in the future.
(Lucie Rego – Hutong Productions, France)
It was very impressive to see those number of great projects in the same place. I believe that most of them will make well in the festivals. Thanks again for making the 3 sessions as perfect as they were.
(Muhammad Refaat – Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, Qatar)