About ESoDoc


ESoDoc - European Social Documentary is the training initiative for media professionals who are eager to develop their co-creative skills and the potential of their documentary and new media project.

ESoDoc wants to strengthen the ability for innovative and audience-centered documentary and new media storytelling, so you can be a creative and active part in the evolving market dynamics and respond to the trends in ground-breaking, collaborative and interdisciplinary ways. 

ESoDoc will help you in developing your storytelling skills to turn your topic into an original and compelling story to engage your audience and bring change to our societies.



ESoDoc participants are creative professionals, committed to social, political, environmental and human rights issues, open and willing to get involved and to experiment on their project with new documentary formats, new business and co-creative production models.

ESoDoc is designed for authors, directors and creative producers who are willing to dedicate time and energy in the creative development process during the training, who want to approach their project from different angles and explore new forms and new formats of audiovisual production. We welcome also other media professionals such as journalists, communication designers, programmers, NGO communication responsibles, etc..

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The 3 sessions of the 2021 edition are planned as follows: 

Online Kick-off: May 31-June 18, 2021 - ONLINE

Session 1: August 25-31, 2021 - Tromsø, Norway

Session 2: October 18-24, 2021 - Vilnius, Lithuania

Session 3: December 6-12, 2021 - Tbilisi, Georgia

COVID-19 Crisis

We strongly believe that - despite our wish to meet all our participants and trainers in person - it is paramount that we all act responsibly and in accordance with the international regulations to fight the COVID-19 crisis. 

In 2020 we carried out all our sessions online, fully maintaining our didactic objectives. We certainly benefited from our long years of experience in online training, and in 2020 we expanded our positive experiences spanning through various methodologies. 

For this reason, we will start ESoDoc 2021 online. It will not be a "full-day" commitment, but a period of three weeks where input lectures will alternate with project development and group work. Please keep this in mind in your own planning



Today's documentary world is fragmented in various platforms and formats. You can enjoy documentary on TV, in an artistic interactive VR installation, in a museum as well as a feature-length documentary at the Tuschinski Theater during IDFA. And there are infinite more possibilities.

This mixed-up constellation of media formats and platforms must not be seen as a divided and competitive system of distributing projects, but as an ecosystem where diverse components can co-exist and work together to reach different audiences. 

Working with multiple formats and platforms, you’ll need also co-creative and interdisciplinary teams specialized in different fields of media production.

At ESoDoc you will learn to think laterally, to look at the potential of your project from different points of view and to approach it from different angles, to use collaborative development tools to better understand the relationship with the audience and create better impact, outreach and distribution strategies

You will discover how thinking about the audience already from the early development stage of your project will help you to refine your storytelling skills to transform an “issue” into an original and compelling story, able to touch and engage your audience, and drive your push towards social and political change.

To participate in ESoDoc, you should be open and eager to co-create on all the different stages of your project (research, development, production, and outreach) and to bring your individual input to the ESoDoc group. The training will help you to be a pro-active player in the audiovisual industry and to elaborate on an innovative project in a constantly evolving market.


What we offer:

  • 6 months of intense project-development process, through online and residential sessions
  • dedicated and passionate trainers, active professionals  from the real working world
  • three intense one-week residential sessions held in three different locations across Europe
  • Extended Online Sessions taking place in several moments of the workshop
  • one-to-one tutoring and working groups by international experts


At ESoDoc you will:

  • assist ground-breaking and inspiring lectures from acclaimed worldwide professionals and discover what is new, controversial and seminal in documentary filmmaking
  • think about the audience from the beginning, integrating it as creative input for your project development process
  • work co-creatively with the other participants and the experts on the development of your project during the residential and online sessions in-between
  • expand your project on more platforms through different formats
  • learn how to outline outreach strategies to increase the impact of your project
  • take various practical masterclasses on writing and storytelling techniques, new-media production and participatory media models
  • learn to use online tools to facilitate the co-creative process of interdisciplinary and international team-work
  • get trained in pitching skills and present your project in front of renowned experts at the final public pitching session
  • have a “pitching package” at the end of the workshop, composed by a refined 2-pager, visual material and presentation


We can accept participants coming from all EU member countries and some countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme. Namely: 

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, UK, Ukraine, 

ESoDoc can accept up to 3 participants coming from non-EU countries.



The participation fee covers all online and onsite tuition, coaching and tutoring. In case of residential sessions room and board is free. In this case accommodation might be in a single or a shared double room, according to availability. Travel expenses are not included.

  • REGULAR FEE: 1.500 EUR 

The reduced fee can be applied only to participants coming from the following countries:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine.

For the participation fee for non-EU countries, please contact us.


Three (3) full scholarships are available only to participants coming from low capacity countries. A "full scholarship"  covers the enrolment 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 enrolment 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 can be awarded only to participants coming from low production capacity countries:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine.