Yearly programme

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 LAST HILLBILLY by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe - developed within the framework of EURODOC in 2017 by producer Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure, France) - World Premiere at ACID CANNES 2020.

Please note that regional workshops (in parallel of each session) have their own call. 

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Project holders: 

Producers or filmmaker-producers, professionals who usually have prior experience as producers, who are ready to embark on a new stage in their career (i.e. they have recently created their production company). Experienced producers may also follow the training program to widen their network and strengthen specific skills. These producers generally have experience as production managers and come to acquire skills to help them in the creative development of projects, as well as to gain heightened legitimacy in their relations with the film directors they support. We also welcome junior producers.

  • Professionals from the documentary industry:

Commissioning executives from the documentary departments of TV channels, representatives from film funds or institutions that fund documentary projects, all of whom are usually already quite experienced but also wish to gain more in-depth knowledge about coproduction systems.

All EURODOC sessions are taking place in places with access for people with reduced mobility. For all other disability situations, the EURODOC team is available to set up an adaptation of the training according to special needs of the participants.

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS?

EURODOC fosters the development of documentary film projects with high standards of quality and creativity. We accept 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. 

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Up to 30 participants are selected each year:

  • 70% are European citizens (or citizens from member countries of the Creative Europe Program*);
  • 30% are non-European citizens;
  • 10% are citizens from Low Capacity Countries**;
  • 80% are project holders (producers or filmmakers/producers);
  • 20% are professionals from the documentary industry

Special attention is paid to the following criteria: 

  • Quality of the project and its international potential;
  • Quality of the candidate and his/her track record;
  • Evaluation of language skills (English and French);
  • A good balance between the different European countries.
  • Genger and diversity

The selection is made to ensure a precise balance between the profiles of the applicants and the projects. The projects are appraised for their artistic contents and for their state of development. Projects must be in development, preferably in an early production stage so that the participant can benefit fully from the training, and they must be suitable for co-production with some guarantee of feasibility. The language of documentary is developing in scope, and the boundaries with other genres are becoming less marked. Authors have always explored different ways of portraying and interpreting reality, however, the development of new technologies and techniques brings new inspiration, and as a result, new tools for producing documentaries. It is essential that we transmit in-depth knowledge of the use of these important new tools.

CALENDAR:
  • Call for application opens each year during Summer
  • Deadline for applications: Autumn
  • Selection results (participants will be informed by email): mid-January 
  • Final selection announcement: mid-February before the beginning of the first session
  • Training: from March to October
LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
  • English in plenaries (masterclasses and case studies) and individual meetings;
  • English or French in work groups (selected participants will be split in 2 groups).
FEES:
  • The tuition fees are 3,000 € for European participants and member countries of the Creative Europe Program participants *, and 1,500 € for non-European participants.
  • Accommodation and travel for the three sessions are at the expense of participants (estimated for accomocation cost: 1,000 Euros per session).
SCHOLARSHIPS:

EURODOC allocates scholarships to at least 10% of the total number of participants each year, covering either the tuition fees and/or accommodation expenses.

Scholarships are granted in priority to participants from Low Capacity Countries, group B or third countries considered as Group B ** ; participants from a country not providing scholarships for this kind of training or participants in any other proven situation of need for financial support.

We encourage all participants to apply for financial support with their national/regional funding bodies first. EURODOC is at their disposal to provide letters of reference to help participants apply for funding.

The call for applications for EURODOC23 WILL OPEN IN JULY


* The 28 European Union member countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United-Kingdom - until December 2020 -, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden) and countries participating in the Creative MEDIA Programme (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Ukraine).  

** ** Low Capacity Countries:
Group A: Czech Republic, Estonia, Romania, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Poland
Group B: Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Cyprus, Malta.
Third countries considered as Group B, subject to the conditions being fulfilled for their participation in MEDIA: Albania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina,Georgia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Ukraine.

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