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ESoDoc - European Social Documentary is the training initiative for media professionals and “cross-thinkers” who want to increase impact and outreach of their documentary films and cross-media projects by developing new storytelling skills, networking over different platforms, discovering new forms of team building, of producing and financing and new distribution strategies.

ESoDoc offers three intense one-week residential sessions held over a period of six months, combined with Extended Online Sessions (EOS) for market related topics, project tutoring and networking with festivals and other market events.

With the support of top-rated professionals, participants will improve their storytelling skills, master the art of project developing, prototyping and pitching. You will discover new forms of team-building and networking and will get an insight in international coproduction, financing and distribution strategies.
During the workshops, participants are tutored by a network of international experts on the development of the projects. Emphasis is placed on building up strong storytelling  along with new production possibilities (collaborative media) and communication tools.
We explore new funding and distribution strategies, both on traditional channels as on new media channels, such as the web and the new crowdfunding platforms.

ESoDoc trains its participants to be better equipped for the challenges of the changing audiovisual market, and enables the professionals to better engage audiences across different platforms and maximize the outreach and impact of the projects.

The workshop is open for professional with or without an own project.

Participating with project: projects proposals must be researched enough to identify at least the main characters and proof access to them, and there must be original visual materials related to the proposal. All participants who want to develop a crossmedia project are asked to have a graphic designer in their team by the second session.

Participating without project: we will consider only professionals coming from different industry sectors (i.e. designers, web developers, NGO officers etc.) to participate without project. This is intended to foster the interdisciplinary approach of the workshop. 
If you apply without a project, you will have the chance to team up with another participant at ESoDoc and work on his/her project. During the first session we will facilitate the match-making process, but - of course - you should be pro-active in finding the project/partnership which would reciprocally benefit from your skills and expertise in terms of project development.
Please note that you will not be able to submit any project at any time after your application.
We warmly invite you to contact us to clarify any doubt regarding the participation without project. 


During the three sessions participants will:

  • assist ground-breaking lectures from prominent worldwide professionals and discover what is new, controversial and seminal in documentary film making;
  • work individually (one-to-one meetings) and in groups to develop their documentary or cross-media project;
  • take practical courses in storytelling/writing techniques, cross-media production, participatory media;
  • get trained in pitching skills and present their projects in front of renowned experts at the final public pitching session, as well as during one-to-one meetings;
  • participate to the Extended Online Sessions (EOS) for project tutoring and networking with festivals and other market events.


ESoDoc participants are committed to social issues and eager to explore new creative forms and communication strategies to face the challenges of the changing media world.
We are looking for documentarians, producers, journalists, web-designers, programmers, game designers, and NGO-communication representatives who are willing to extend their production possibilities to new sectors, new forms and new platforms.
We can accept up to four participants from non-EU countries.

The participation fee covers tuition, room and board for all three sessions. Please note that accommodation might be in single or a shared double room, according to availability. Travel expenses are not included.

- with project: 1.500 EUR
- without project: 1.200 EUR
The full fee is applied to participants coming from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

- with project: 700 EUR
- without project: 600 EUR
The reduced fee is applied to participants coming from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine

For the participation fee for non-EU countries, please see our FAQ.

Four (4) full scholarships are available. A "full scholarship" would cover the enrollment fee AND the travel costs for all three sessions. In case of a high number of scholarship requests, we might assign a "partial scholarship", which would cover the enrollment fee OR the travel costs.
If you want to access scholarship funding, you must provide 1 copy of your latest official tax return and also explain the reasons for asking the scholarship together with your application. No other kind of document shall be considered.
Scholarships are available only for participants from countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme.


Session 1: May 31 - June 6, 2018 - Tromsø (Norway)

Session 2: July 16-22, 2018 - Bolzano (Italy)

Session 3: September 17-23, 2018 - Palermo (Italy)

Go to the application form
Follow this link to check the guidelines for application!
Otherwise, if you have questions, check the FAQ section or contact us.
The application form will be published soon!


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