ESoDoc - European Social Documentary

ESoDoc – European Social Documentary

is a training initiative offered by ZeLIG School for Documentary and supported by the European Union’s MEDIA Programme. ESoDoc is the meeting point for filmmakers, new media professionals and NGO film practitioners who want to develop projects about particular social themes and find new financing, production and distribution strategies and possibilities. ESoDoc will offer a creative environment where you will be able to develop your project during 3 intensive sessions, with the support of professionals of the film and new media industry. Read more

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What people say about ESoDoc

Ma Shumin (F) - ESoDoc 2006 participant

ESoDoc inspired me to want to be a better filmmaker and a better person during the time I did the program in 2006 and still now five years later
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Sara Zavarise (IT) - ESoDoc 2008 participant

It was a great opportunity to get in touch with established documentary filmmakers and producers and to share the experience with emerging filmmakers from all over Europe.
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Phil Cox, Native Voice Films (UK) - ESoDoc trainer

I have taught for the last 10 years around the world on many different courses and institutions. ESoDoc is still the only course that truly prepares its participants for the evolving multiskill new media world we all face as filmmakers today.
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Peter Snowdon (UK) - ESoDoc 2005 participant

Lifechanging! And hopefully, not just for me, but for the people and communities I work with, too.
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Barbara Orton (UK) - ESoDoc 2007 participant

ESoDoc was a wonderful place to start making relationships with broadcasters, distributors and fellow producers and directors, all finding ways to tell the best social documentary stories across multi platforms.
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Mick Csáky, Antelope FIlms (UK) - ESoDoc trainer

One of the things that makes ESoDoc so special is the way that highly experienced teachers are brought in to very work closely with each and every student, interrogating their ideas in depth and then helping to them to create strong documentary films, television programmes and internet productions of distinction.
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Neelima Mathur, Formedia (IND) - ESoDoc trainer

Within three workshops, ESoDoc successfully opens the essence of the world of documentary to more than 20 participants year after year - it is an amazing achievement!
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Jamie Ballieu (UK) - ESoDoc 2008 participant

ESoDoc gave me a powerful and supportive network of colleagues and friends which have opened up doors beyond what I could consider possible prior to it. The ESoDoc community continues to grow and I am often finding new and inspiring creative partnerships both in it and through it.
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Ariadna Relea (ES) - ESoDoc 2011 participant

ESoDoc has been a unique experience that allowed me to go further with my documentary project, to share doubts and difficulties of making documentaries with wonderful and talented people, and to learn about new ways of telling stories and financing them.
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Mike Dicks, Bleedinedge/PACT (UK) - ESoDoc trainer

ESoDoc always has a great mix of talented delegates, trainers and projects – it’s such a pleasure to share knowledge and creative development with everyone involved on the course.
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Jakob Weydemann (DE) - ESoDoc 2010 participant

ESoDoc not only helped me to develop my documentary project further, but opened a whole new world of cross-media possibilities and aspects for documentaries to me, which I will put in use for all my future film projects. Meeting documentary filmmakers from all around Europe and working together was a fantastic experience!
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Hugh Hartford (UK) - ESoDoc 2006 participant

ESoDoc was a fantastic way to build working relationships with filmmakers and documentary lovers from all over Europe. 4 years on and I am still in regular contact with former participants and teachers and have worked on many projects that have come through connections made during ESoDoc.

Katerina Cizek, NFB (CAN) - ESoDoc trainer

Where else can you access 3 weeks of world-class lectures as well as one-on-one mentoring with leading professionals in documentary film, NGOs, cross-media? Perhaps most important of all, you join a dedicated and generous peer group of participants who make up the growing ESoDoc family, and that network becomes essential for many productive years to come.
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Ilona Bicevska (LV) - ESoDoc 2005 participant

ESoDoc? Probably the best what happened to me, after I discover my interest in documentary filmmaking. Knowledge, practice, creative spirit and great people. Good way to find out how your ideas suits to market. Lots of re-thinking, questioning, networking and killing stereotypes.
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Lisa Fingleton (IRL) - ESoDoc 2008 participant

Since participating in ESoDoc I have worked with hundreds of people through community filmmaking projects and have been able to share the knowledge I gained about filming with integrity in a Human rights context.
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Mirjam Leuze (DE) - ESoDoc 2007 participant

Changing the world to better by documentaries? I`m still not shure wether this really works - but the people at EsoDoc gave me the inspiration and the boldness to give it a try: That`s one of the reasons why I am doing Participatory Video Workshops with young people and that`s why I am working since four years on my documentary "Flowers of Freedom" - which follows four women and their struggle for freedom and democracy in the vastness of Kyrgyzstan.
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Tonje Hessen-Schei (N) - ESoDoc 2011 participant

This cutting-edge workshop features people on the front-lines of the exciting new developments of the documentary field. The great trainers, networking possibilities, friendships and co-productions that ESoDoc provided has forever changed the course of my work.
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Carol Cooke (UK) – ESoDoc 2011 participant

Where else do you get to the meet the "living legends" and leading trailblazers of the documentary world, develop your projects with them, attend their invaluable masterclasses - and all in the company of the ever supportive and ever inspiring ESoDoc Family.
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Femke Stroomer (NL) - ESoDoc 2008 participant

ESoDoc inspired me to start a participatory videoproject with young refugees and immigrants that came to my hometown Utrecht. Filming and screening their impressive stories was emotional and wonderful.
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Angelo Loy, AMREF (IT) - ESoDoc trainer

ESoDoc is one of those rare occasions where I have been feeling part of a trans cultural community, worried about the responsibility of images and projects in the fight for the endorsement of social values and a better world.
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Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, ZDF/Arté (DE) - ESoDoc trainer

The ESoDoc projects might be diverse, from personal to investigative, from creative documentaries to crossmedia projects - but they are all driven by the filmmaker's wish to take social responsibility.
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Anna Colom (ES) - ESoDoc 2008 participant

ESoDoc was a unique opportunity to learn from very experienced and well-known professionals in the field as well as to create links with fellow filmmakers from all over Europe. It was truly inspiring and a great opportunity to transform ideas into real projects!'
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Featured projects

drone1

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Drone

DRONE investigates the human consequences of the US drone war. Through unique access to voices on both sides of the drones the film follows drone victims in Waziristan as well as drone pilots who struggle to come to terms with the new warfare.
Flowers of Freedom

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Flowers of Freedom

When they meet for tea, it's to talk about the upcoming harvest and poisoned water. About where to buy the fattest sheep and about road blocks. After a toxic spill, Erkingul and her fellow activists challenge not only the largest transnational goldmining company in Kygyzstan, but also corrupt authorities and a regime.
barefoot in business

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Barefoot in Business

Barefoot in Business is a character driven documentary for international broadcast and distribution that will follow the fortunes of three Ugandan business women operating at three different levels of the economy as they defy the statistics, stereotypes and credit restrictions and go head to head for the 2012 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
sea gypsies

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Sea Gypsies

Struggling to survive on a paradisiacal coral island off the coast of Borneo, a Sea Gypsy girl sees her life threatened by the ban on fishing imposed by the local marine park authorities. Facing starvation because of these new restrictions on their livelihood, Indanina and her family are forced to move to a city here life is nothing but idyllic. Her journey in an alienating fast changing world becomes the story of her people.
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