Structure & Methodology
EURODOC training is organized in 3 one-week residential sessions in 3 different European countries, spread over one year.
During the first 2 sessions, participants work within the groups and with experts on script analysis, development and production financing, legal aspects of co-production, marketing, pitching, packaging and more. In the third workshop, 25/28 Experts (commissioning editors, festival programmers, funds representatives, sales agents, etc.) meet the participants in one-to-one meetings to discuss the projects.
6 days (50 hours) / March
The first session focuses on analyzing the projects of the participants, in terms of script and development, in order to consolidate the overall coherence of each project. Individual meetings with experts accompany this group work. During this session, the film directors may take part to the individual meetings together with their producers. The plenary assemblies cover issues such as intellectual property, acquisition of rights and development funding sources.
Coproduction, Financing & Packaging
6 days (50 hours) / June
During this session, the participants finalize the packaging of their projects and focuse 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: to reach 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’s circuit, theatrical distribution, Internet, new modes of consumption and emerging markets.
Meetings with experts
6 days (50 hours) / October
The third session is mainly dedicated to the ‘one-to-one’ meetings with the Experts. During three days, individual meeting of 45 minutes each are organized for each participant with the most pertinent experts for their project attending the session. The one-to-one are intensively prepared during the first two days of the session.
The plenary focus on company management and on the situation of the international documentary film market. All the decision-makers invited present the editorial lines and eventually the financial capacities of their channels.
- Group work: 2 groups of 12/13 producers with projects and 2/3 participants from documentary departments of TV channels and Funds are established – one English-speaking group and one French-speaking group.
- A 3rd group, composed in each session of producers from the host country, joins the program to attend an intensive version of the workshop.
- Expert assessment: in each session, experts hold individual meetings with the participants in order to analyze their projects: during the first session, the scripts are treated, during the second session the budget and the production strategy. During the last session, over 400 individual meetings are organized between the participants and the experts (around 20/25 between commissioning editors, distributors, sales agents, film funds representatives, festival programmers and curators, producers and filmmakers)
- Plenaries: different topics – from the artistic to the financial development- are treated: documentary storytelling, author’s rights, financing schemes, production, co-production, pitching, company management, distribution, alternative distribution, sales, impact production etc.
- Case studies: screenings of creative documentaries (mostly produced by Eurodoc alumni) are organized, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker, producer(s) and main financiers of the film. During the discussion, the co-production process is analyzed in depth, as well as its artistic approach.
Languages spoken: participants are split in two groups, one English-speaking and one French-speaking.