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ARCHIDOC Workshop Fuels 10 Europeans Projects

As every year, the French film school La fémis is going to support 10 documentarians who use archives in their projects. During three thematic sessions the participants will be systematically guided to improve their documentary concepts and skills that allow them to approach film professionals. The first session takes place in October 17 – 22 in Lisbon, Portugal and launches an intensive cooperation with European tutors and experts which peaks with the final pitching meeting. Application deadline is September 6, 2011.

At the workshop there will be individual lessons and small group instruction, participants will learn international audiovisual legislation, consult the options of archive sources, fine-tune their film trailers and compose their project’s professional file. The output of the workshop will be the presentation of individual projects to commissioning editors and producers at the final session.

La fémis also pitched in East European documentary projects that went through IDF activities and selections - Doc Launch, Ex Oriente Film or East Silver among others, and later met with success at international film festivals. For instance Cinema Komunisto (Mila Turajlić, Chorvatsko, 2010), Metrobranding – Romanian Objects of Desire (Ana Vlad a Adrian Viocu, Rumunsko, 2010), Klucis, Deconstruction of an Artist (Peteris Krilovs, Lotyšsko, 2008), Wichterle (Tomáš Kudrna, Česká Republika / Francie, 2006).

In 2009, La fémis held its Archidoc workshop and lecture session within IDF's Ex Oriente Film section at the International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava.


Number of Participants: 10
Language: English
Fee: 2000 Euro
- all participants get a travel grant for the 3 workshops
- training grants are available for a limited number of participants
- Session 1: October 17 – 22, 2011 (arrival on October 16), Lisbon, Portugal
- Session 2: November 28 – December 3, 2011, La fémis, Paris
- Session 3: February 12 – 14, 2012

Application deadline: September 6, 2011.

Applications must be sent to La fémis in English, in four hard copies and one email copy, including:

  • completed online application form (here)
  • letter explaining your interest in Archidoc and your expectations
  • resume (short CV)
  • project synopsis (2 pages max.)
  • project note of intent/director’s note
  • presentation of production company, if relevant
  • four DVD copies of film(s) you directed or co-directed. Or link if available online.

Tutors and speakers:

  • Erez Laufer (Israel) -  filmmaker, editor, producer (Mike Brant, Laisse moi t’aimer, Cry of the Owl, Rafting to Bombay)
  • Catherine Bernstein (France) – filmmaker, editor (Kessel, une trilogie allemande, Murder of the Hatmaker, Asylum)
  • Tue Steen Müller (Dennmark) – consultant, trainer, former chairman of the European Documentary Network EDN
  • Sibylle Kurz (Germany) – consultant, coach, pitching trainer
  • Hubert Best (United Kingdom/Sweden) – legal expert
  • Adrian Wood (United Kingdom) – archive research expert

More information to be found in the attached files at the bottom of this article and on La fémis website (French language only):