Guidelines

Who can apply ?

Any producer with several years of practice, who has already produced at least two feature-length documentary films. Note that we do not select producers who are also directing the film project they are applying with. The application is attached to one person and not to a company (company’s partners, etc.) and to the main producer, primary rights holder of the project. We welcome projects holders, producers « without a project », and senior professionals from the documentary industry.

  • Participants “project holders” - producers or filmmakers/producers with a film project :
    Producers or directors-producers who have significant prior experience as producers and are NOT producing their own film, who are ready to embark on a new stage in their career (i.e. you have recently created their production company). Experienced producers may also enroll to widen their network and strengthen specific skills (artistic development, international coproduction, coproduction outside Europe, etc.). In a nutshell, we welcome both junior and senior producers – what is meaningful to us is your trajectory and your motivation. Producers do not apply only to accelerate a specific documentary project, but also as individuals seeking professional growth and a significant expansion of their network.
  • Producers without a project - we hold space for one producer without a specific project in each group each year. You may not be ready to participate with a project which is at the right stage of development, but you wish to reach a new scale in your career.
  • Participants “observers” - all professionals from the documentary industry:
    Executives and commissioning editors from documentary departments at TV channels, representatives from film funds or institutions that fund nonfiction film, who wish to gain an expertise on what it means to produce.

What Kind of Project?

EURODOC focuses on the development of documentary film projects with high creative standards and a strong international potential. There is no limitation to genres: we consider all types of documentaries (essays, investigation, firstperson, archival, animation documentary, etc.). It can be a debut film or a project written by a very seasoned director. Feature-length films and creative documentary series are eligible.

A director must be already attached to the submitted project. You may note that we use a flexible definition of development (early or late), but we ask from you to provide some visual, filmed material along with your application. Your project should not be fully financed by October 2024, and neither be too little advanced to be presented to decision-makers in October 2024.

How to apply?

PARTICIPANTS – PROJECT HOLDERS:
Application to be submitted via our online platform.
(Link will be available when the call is open)

Applications will only be considered if all of the following is attached in 1 pdf-file (10mb max) in English* - 15 pages maximum:
· Cover page (with title / name of the producer who will follow the training in case of selections)
· Logline & Story summary
· Director's intentions
· Budget & Financial Plan in Euros or USD (production or development)
· Production strategy
· Biography & filmography of the director(s)
· Biography & filmography of the producer(s)(including the applicant’s)
· Presentation of the production company
· Links to previous films of the director(s) (with passwords)
· Links to previous films of the producer(s) (with passwords)
· Trailer/teaser/visual samples of the project (max. 10 mins.)
· Letter or short video explaining your motivation to attend EURODOC (max. 4 mins.)

“OBSERVERS” PARTICIPANTS / PARTICIPANTS WITHOUT A PROJECT: To be sent by email – once the call is open.
· CV
· Company profile
· Letter or short video explaining your motivation to attend EURODOC (max. 4 minutes)

 * For participants based in French-speaking countries, a dossier in French will be appreciated in addition of the English version. The applicant authorizes EURODOC to store her/his contact details in order to be informed of EURODOC’s activities.

Eligibility And Selection Process?

A balance between the different European countries, parity and overall a diversity of profiles, seniority and artistic projects, is privileged within the cohort.

You may re-apply the year after if you are not selected, preferably with a new project. In some instances, the selection committee may explicitly invite a project to resubmit the year after. You can attend EURODOC international session only once, but you can enroll in a Local Session if you are geographically eligible, and then apply in the following years to the International Program.

If you’re not selected, please check on our website for other workshops we offer throughout the year.

Up to 30 participants are selected each year:

  • 70% are European citizens (or citizens from member countries of the Creative Europe Program*) - this means you may live outside of Europe;
  • 30% are non-European citizens;
  • 10% are citizens from low production capacity countries;
  • 80% are project holders (producers);
  • 20% are professionals in the documentary industry (“Observers”).

Special attention is paid to the following criteria

  • Quality of the project, story, protagonists, and visual approach;
  • International potential of the project;
  • Profile of the applicant and their professional trajectory;
  • The applicant’s motivation to attend the full training and to engage in group work;
  • Applicants belonging to, or projects directed by talents from underrepresented groups (including women, BIPOC, Indigenous/Native, MENA/SWENA & diasporas, LGBTQIA+…)
How Much Does it Cost

Producers – Project Holders

The average total cost of the training is 6,300 € for participants based in Europe or 4,800 € for participants based outside of Europe. Details as follows:

  • Tuition fee: 3,000 € for participants based in Europe or 1,500 € for participants outside of Europe.
  • Residential costs: average 1,100 € per session (5 days / 6 nights in a hotel + 3 meals + coffee breaks).

EURODOC is in charge of the whole booking. Please note that travel costs to reach the 3 sessions are not included and are at your own expense.

Observers (film fund representatives, commissioning editors…)

For the whole year (3 sessions), the average total cost of the training is 6,500 €, divided as followed:

  • Tuition fee: 3,200 €;
  • Residential Costs: average 1,100 € per session (5 days / 6 nights in a hotel + 3 meals + coffee breaks).

For one session (alongside of the international group), the average cost is 2,500 €, divided as followed:

  • Tuition fee: 1,400 €;
  • Residential Costs: average 1,100 € per session (5 days / 6 nightsin a hotel + 3 meals + coffee breaks).

For one session (alongside with the local group), the average cost is 2,000 €, divided as followed:

  • Tuition fee: 1 100 €;
  • Residential Costs: average 1000 € maximum per session (4.5 days / 5 nightsin a hotel + 3 meals + coffee breaks).

EURODOC is in charge of the whole booking. Please note that travel costs to reach the sessions are not included and are at your own expense.

Scholarships and Special Needs

EURODOC allocates scholarships to 30% of the total number of participants each year, covering either the tuition fees and/or accommodation expenses, depending on each personal situation. Scholarships are granted in priority to participants from low production capacity countries, group B or third countries considered as Group B**; participants from a country where no scholarships for training are provided, or to participants in any other proven situation of need for financial support.
We encourage all participants to apply swiftly for financial support with their national/regional funding institutions first. We can provide a list of partners from several continents, which have historically supported EURODOC participants, and we provide letters of support to help participants apply for funding. Any financial issue must be notified to the EURODOC team as soon as possible.

EURODOC is pleased to offer scholarships dedicated to specific participants thanks to its EURODOC24 partners:

  • PICTANOVO is the partner of the third and last session of EURODOC24. EURODOC and Pictanovo will offer a joint scholarship covering the tuition fee for the year (3.000 €) to one participant based in Region Hauts-de-France in case of selection at EURODOC24.
  • MDM – Mittledeutsche Medienförderung is the partner of the first session of EURODOC24. EURODOC and MDM will offer a joint scholarship covering the tuition fees for the year (3.000 €) to one participant based in Saxony, SaxonyAnhalt and Thuringia, in case of selection at EURODOC24.
  • Thanks to a partnership with the DEENTAL (CNC) program, a grant will cover the cost of a session (annual program or local workshop) for a participant from an ACP country.
  • Thanks to a special partnership with the FONDS DE LA JEUNE CREATION FRANCOPHONE, one full scholarship is offered for the training of one participant from French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa who has received support from the Fonds de la Jeune Création Francophone. (covering tuition, accommodation and travel expenses for the 3 sessions).


* The 27 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, 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.