The Masterschool, is a Europe-wide development programme offering filmmakers a unique opportunity to access the international non-fiction market.

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 benefit from intensive script development.

What is the Documentary Campus Masterschool?

The Masterschool, is a Europe-wide development programme offering filmmakers a unique opportunity to access the international non-fiction market. It is a tailored programme in which 15 European producer/director teams develop their documentaries at 4 workshops across Europe over an intensive nine-month period before pitching their ideas to commissioners.

What projects can be submitted?

– 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 benefit from 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.

What happens on the Masterschool?

Participants are treated to 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: 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. Participants are given tools to help them develop their idea at and between each workshop with the aim of pitching it to a panel of international financiers at the end of the programme.

Tutors

Each team is allocated two specially-chosen tutors from among the most distinguished TV executives in the industry. One will be a commissioner who will act as EP 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.

Internships

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.

The Final Pitching Session

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

More info: http://www.documentary-campus.com/v2/page/masterschool/masterschool/