BDC Discoveries is a continuous development programme for documentary professionals coming from the Balkans or working on a Balkan-related topic and thus looking for a co-producer from the region.
We are happy to come as a delegation with our seven projects from the region and beyond! This year we welcomed participants from Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Italy, Kosovo, Croatia.
Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire is a French regional institution for funding and supporting audiovisual projects. Our international co-development scheme supports feature films, co-developed with a producer from Centre-Val de Loire region. We have no obligation of regional expenditure.
DAE – Documentary Association of Europe
DAE – Documentary Association of Europe is the member’s network for all professionals and institutions working in documentary filmmaking from inside and outside Europe.
The association has three main activities: creating a stable and strong network of professionals who regularly collaborate and share information and experience with each other; curating, collating, and creating an abundance of resources and opportunities for the members; and lobbying on a pan-European and international level for the best conditions for documentary education, financing, and distribution.
Goethe-Institut in Exile
In countries where the Goethe-Institut and other international cultural institutions have had to close their locations due to wars or censorship, many artists and intellectuals have lost spaces for dissent, dialogue and intercultural exchange. Goethe-Institut in Exile is a meeting place, safe space and stage for cultural professionals who can no longer work in their home country because of war or censorship. Located at the independent Berlin Art space ACUD it offers opportunities for encounters, networking and community work. Main focus countries are Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iran, Belarus, Sudan and Syria. More information
dok.incubator is a tailored made workshop focused on the creative development of films in post-production. Every year we select 8 INT+ 8 (CZ + SK) film teams and help them with focusing the storytelling of their films and sharpening the marketing and distribution strategy. In twelve years, dok.incubator films received two Academy Award nominations, five were selected for European Film Awards, 13 for Sundance (three awarded) and 33 were released at IDFA.
The Doc Toolbox programme forms part of the European Film Market's Diversity & Inclusion initiative and is aimed specifically at international delegations of documentary creatives from marginalized groups and the Global South. The Doc Toolbox Programme is designed to endow documentary creatives with market intelligence, business tools and connections, enabling them to better navigate the international film market.
The Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) has been supporting creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe since 2001. The IDF provides both emerging and experienced filmmakers with training, financing, networking and pitching opportunities, helps them get international attention and co-productions, rewards the exceptional projects with awards and further opportunities and improves their orientation on the international market. The promotional and practical service of the IDF includes a wide range of online and offline catalogues being created annually, updating a thorough database of CEE documentaries and professionals and a calendar of important deadlines for producers, and bringing news from the world of documentary film in general via dokweb.net and social media. To the audience of documentary enthusiasts, the IDF also brings a rich program of lectures, presentations and screenings in their home regions or during the IDF’s industry events.
Addressed to film professionals, POLISH DOCS PRO focuses primarily on the wide‑ranging promotion of the Polish documentary film industry at international events. It supports filmmakers and producers in developing their projects by facilitating access to markets, pitching forums, and co‑production meetings; presenting the projects, production models, and co‑production opportunities with Poland; organizing networking meetings; and participating in lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and training sessions.
Polish Docs Pro delegation at DOK Leipzig is organised by the Krakow Film Foundation and co-financed from the state budget – from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
for Short Film Production
The PMMC is a place for the recovery of artistic documentary practice as an autonomous form of collective experimentation, research and thinking. It’s an in-service programme for media professionals based in Central Germany (Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia), who wish to professionalise themselves in documentary film practice on the one hand, and on the other hand, to deal collectively and intensively with the burning questions of our time.
From April to December, ten film and media professionals develop and produce five documentary short films in teams. Each project is accompanied in its development process by dramaturgical supervision and intensive group feedback and produced with professional technology. The productions are flanked by numerous theoretical and practical workshops.
PMMC productions have screened at 160 international and national festivals, 50 exhibitions and events and received over 20 awards.
PMMC is funded by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
TIDF AGORA (8–16/3/2024), supported by Creative Europe-MEDIA, is the biggest annual event for documentary audiovisual works in Greece and the wider region. An international eight-day event, functions mainly as a bridge, connecting the documentary to the powerful medium of television, as well as the new digital distribution platforms. TIDF AGORA promotes and supports the documentary medium from the stage of development to the financing, completion and distribution of the film. We are constantly aiming at developing activities which can enhance documentary filmmaking and documentary distribution.
TIDF AGORA includes the following activities:
- Thessaloniki Pitching Forum for documentaries in development, focusing on Southeastern Europe, and the Mediterranean region.
- Agora Docs in Progress for documentaries in post-production focusing on Southeastern Europe, and the Mediterranean region.
- Agora Doc Market Video-library for completed documentaries.
- Agora Lab for Greek documentaries in development and/or post-production stage.
- Meet the Future, introducing up-and-coming documentary filmmakers from Europe.
- Agora Talks presenting new business models, practical tools and new trends
- Doc Counseling, scheduled one-on-one meetings with documentary experts to discuss specific aspects of the film industry (marketing, pitching, festival strategies etc.).
- Agora Masterclass: Every year a carefully designed Masterclass is addressed to the accredited guests of the Festival, Agora and also to the public.
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