Apply now for Documentary Campus Masterschool 2012

Documentary Campus Masterschool is accepting applications until the end of September 2011. It's a Europe-wide development programme offering filmmakers the opportunity to access the international non-fiction market. It is a tailored programme in which 15 European producer/director teams develop their documentaries at four workshops across Europe over an intensive nine-month period before pitching their ideas to commissioners.

Participants attend four intensive week-long workshops delivered by international experts matched to the particular needs of each year's Masterschool intake. Each workshop takes place in a different European city and addresses different aspects of international production, including: storytelling for international audiences; how to finance films internationally; accessing international markets; the legal aspects of international co-productions; distribution; marketing; creating an online presence, and pitching.

Each team is allocated two specially-chosen tutors. One will be a commissioner who will act as executive producer through the development process, from broadcasters such as ARD, ARTE, BBC, CBC, Channel 4, Discovery, France Television, Nat Geo, ORF, SVT, VPRO, YLE and ZDF. The other will be a well-known producer or sales agent, who will take on the role of mentor, advising on the best way to develop the idea to appeal to global audiences and funds.

Masterschool participants can complete an internship with an international production or distribution company in their field of interest, or with an international broadcaster, which will provide them with privileged insight into strategies for the global exploitation of factual content. They can also receive assistance to attend festivals and markets where international films are financed.

At the end of the Documentary Campus Masterschool, the projects will be ready to be launched into the international market. More than 50 high-ranking commissioning editors and distributors come to the Masterschool Pitching Session, after which the vast majority of Masterschool projects receive funding.

Producers and directors can apply with any type of documentary: history, science, arts, wildlife, natural history, cross-platform, series, one-offs, theatrical films, factual entertainment - any factual format is welcome. Participants should be prepared for their projects to undergo intensive script development. The story and characters should have the potential to reach global audiences. Projects that have already been pitched internationally are ineligible, as are ideas that need to commence production before the end of the programme.

Documentary Campus Masterschool will cover the cost of the training for the four workshops and the internship while participants are expected to pay for their travel, accommodation and subsistence. The training fees of approximately €15,000 are to be repaid to Documentary Campus Masterschool if the developed project goes into production.

For further information please contact Documentary Campus Masterschool.

The deadline to apply is 30 September 2011.

Publication date: 09 Sep 2011

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