The programme is composed of 3 training modules over a period of 8 months in residential workshops.
3 one-week sessions, in 3 different European countries, are organized at three-month intervals allowing for time to develop your project between sessions.
SESSION 1 : Development 6 days - March
The first session focuses on analyzing the projects of the participants, in terms of script and development, in order to consolidate the global coherence of each project.
This group work is followed by individual meetings with experts.
At the first session, the directors are invited to participate in these meetings.
The plenary assemblies are dealing with issues such as intellectual property, acquisition of rights and development funding sources.
At the occasion of case studies, examples of coproductions already completed are deeply examined.
SESSION 2 : Coproducing, Budgeting, Financing & Packaging - 6 days - June
During this session the participants finalise the packaging of their projects before presenting them to the decision makers during Session 3.
Session 2 focuses on:
Budgeting, which defines the artistic ambitions of the project and its production mode.
The financing, the strategic phase for identify the diverse partners capable coming together to co-finance, under multiple forms, the project nationally and internationally.
The packaging, the preparation of the dossier in terms of its creative, technical, legal and
The co-production : This search of partnerships must lead to reaching different agreements and contracts that are compatible with one another.
The participants have to work on the production of trailers that have become indispensable for the promotion of their projects.
A debate is organised about distribution, on the changes in the documentary market, theatrical distribution, Internet, new modes of consumption and emerging markets.
SESSION 3 : Meetings with the Commissioning editors - 6 days - October
The third session is principally dedicated to meeting the commissioning editors and future partners, in one-to-one meetings.
These pitching sessions will be the object of intense preparation during the first two days of the session.
The plenary sessions focus on company management, specialized banks, and the situation of the international documentary market.
All the decision-makers invited present the editorial lines and the financial capacities of their units.
The last day provides an opportunity to organise a Screening.
2 or 3 case studies of films developed in previous EURODOC training sessions, the concrete results of co-productions, are programmed in the presence of the producers and of the principal funding partners.
. Group work: Participants’ projects are used as a basis for group work. There are 2 groups of 12-13 producers with projects, plus 2 or 3 participants from documentary departments of TV channels and financing entities – one English-speaking group and one French-speaking group.
. Individual meetings: experts are invited to each session and hold individual meetings with the producers to discuss their film projects – during the first session, the written materials are analyzed and during the second session, the budget and production strategy. During the final session, the experts are commissioning editors from various channels.
. Plenary sessions: these sessions are the key to bringing the groups together and conveying information relevant to everyone. More general topics are dealt with: author’s rights, financing schemes, production, co-production, pitching, company management, distribution and sales, etc.
At each session, 2 particularly relevant co-productions are presented as case studies. The screening of the film is followed by a debate with the producer(s) and the main financers of the film. Analyzing a high-quality co-production offers broader perspectives for all.