As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our network, we are delighted to announce the 2024 cohort, which expands through the launching of a new Spanish-speaking group.

The 40 participants selected, coming from 23 countries worldwide, will develop their documentary projects and career over eight months, within groups led by Heino Deckert (, Germany), Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Les Films de Force Majeure, France) and Gema Juarez Allen (Gema Films, Argentina).

Through a three-folded residential program and enriched online units, they will have the opportunity to meet more than 50 experts and analysts, and up to 35 producers from the countries hosting the sessions.

The sessions will take place in Weimar (Germany) in March, thanks to Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, followed with the second session in Edinburgh (Scotland) in June, with the support of Screen Scotland and the Scottish Documentary Institute; the final session will be held in October in Région Hauts-de-France (France), thanks to Pictanovo.

We would like to specially thank our selection committee’s guests, Palmyre A. Badinier, Guetty Felin and Souleymane Kébé, as well as our session partners and participants’ sponsors.
A warm welcome to our new cohort!


Session 1 - Development
6 days / March

The first session focuses on assessing each of the participants’ projects in terms of script and development, to strengthen their overall consistency. Indepth individual meetings with 2 experts are held for each participants. At this session (only), directors may participate in these one-to-one meetings, onsite if they can travel, or online and can also attend the moment their project is discussed within the group. Masterclasses and case studies cover issues such as story-telling and narrative structure, the relationship between the director and the producer or co-authors, the producer and the editor. 

Session 2 - Coproduction, Financing & Packaging
6 days / June

Over Session 2, participants finalize their financial plan and their coproduction strategy, and start the packaging of their projects (pitch, pitch-deck, trailer). Group work, masterclasses and case studies focus on budgeting, financing (private funds and fiscal sponsorship, contracts with televisions, European / global / minority-driven funds, production incentives in terms of parity and diversity, green production new rules, working with platforms, international coproduction, rights clearance, trailer and pitch strategy). Individual meetings with 2 experts are organized additionally. A specific of Session 2 is the “Production Landscape presentations” series: participants research, write (prior to the session) and deliver a tailormade presentation on documentary production means in their country. These presentations are moderated by the participants themselves.

Session 3 - Meet-the-experts
6 days / June

The final session is mainly dedicated to one-to-one meetings with Industry Guests. Their specificity is their length: at EURODOC, we value time and human encounter, not express pitching or match-making. Over 3 days, individual meetings of 45 minutes each are organized for the participants with the experts whose profiles are most relevant to the project. These meetings are intensively prepared during the first 2 days of the session, under the supervision of the tutors. Some of the guest  decision-makers also present their editorial lines, programs and funding/buying possibilities, in short talks held every day. During Session 3, masterclasses focus on new production models, current trends in the documentary film market, and upcoming distribution channels.

Dates and locations of sessions may change during the application process and will be confirmed during selection
announcement (via email).

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.

Online activities between sessions

In between the 3 workshops, the training offers online activities such as masterclasses, panels, virtual screenings and occasionally personalized feedback, at the rate of circa 2 webinars a month between February and October. The online programme starts in early February and finishes in late October.

Working languages

English is the main language of our sessions.
French is spoken in the French-speaking group during group work only.

Homework between sessions

The participants are required to update the files of their projects as well as the trailers, their financing plans and budgets for each session. And after each session, participants are requested to send an evaluation of the organization and the tuition. At the end of the training Program, participants receive a EURODOC Program Graduation Certificate.

  • FOR THE FIRST SESSION: update of the project file (same dossier as the submission) including a long treatment. In addition, a trailer of 3min is requested (with English subtitles) and screened publicly.
  • FOR THE SECOND SESSION: update of the trailer and project file (15 pages maximum) as well as a detailed budget and financing plan. In addition, participants will have to work on a presentation of the coproduction opportunities of the country they are based in.
  • FOR THE LAST SESSION: update of the dossier (pitchdeck of 7 pages) and if necessary of the trailer.

Before the sessions, participants must carefully read all the projects of the other participants, regardless of any group works (35 to 45 dossiers).

Co-funded by

Creative Europe Program of the European Union, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), Procirep and LaScam, and all the partners hosting the 2024 sessions, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Scottish Documentary Institute, Pictanovo & Region Hauts-de-France.

The participants have received support from Fonds pour la jeune creation francophone and “Deental-ACP” programme (CNC). 


2024 Partners