Call for applications: Co-production training course 2021-2022

EAVE, CPH:DOX and IMS are calling for eight teams with documentary projects in development from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine as part of the CHANGE co-production training course.

We offer a tailored programme to take place over three residential workshops with the aim to stimulate and qualify inter-regional co-production and to connect documentary projects to regional and international markets. Participants will be tutored by regional and international experts.

The first two workshops will consist of five full days of group work, plenaries and individual meetings; the third workshop will take place in the framework of CPH:DOX and consists of workshop days, pitching of the projects at CPH:Forum as well as a debrief of the pitching and development of strategies for the teams and projects after the workshop.

Between the workshops, participants will be working on project development with specific tasks and assignments.

The workshops

Development  –  Kyiv October 2021
We will dig deep into the core of what the teams want to tell, enforce the storytelling and focus on the ambition for each film in terms of impact, awareness and change.

Co-production  –  Tbilisi January 2022
We will expand the participants’ knowledge of each other’s reality, production environment and financing structures. The pros and cons of co-production are used to strengthen each project, preparing them to meet the international market.

Encounter – Copenhagen March 2022
The projects will be pitched at CPH:Forum and encounter the international market, leading to the formulation of tailored strategies for each project.

The participants

Upcoming teams – director and producer – with a documentary project in development from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine can apply and we are committed to equal opportunity for all. We focus on projects set in these countries and projects that are open for co-production, and we welcome projects in the space between documentary and journalism.

The working language is English, and participants should be comfortable with reading, writing and speaking English.

The film projects shall:

  • Demonstrate how they will cover topics of public interest in a professional and ethical way.
  • Have an idea of how to reach intended audiences and be a call for action.
  • Seek to have an impact on the public debate leading to potential social, political or cultural change.
  • Priority is given to productions focusing on issues of gender equality, marginalised groups and minorities, diversity, social change, current affairs and/or human rights.

There is no participation fee as CHANGE provides tutoring, travel, lodging and stipends. Participants will cover local transportation themselves.

Application deadline: 7 June 2021

Application form can be downloaded here.

For further information, please contact Satu Elo,

This call has been organised in collaboration with the film festivals:

  • Docudays UA – Ukraine
  • Moldox – Moldova
  • CinéDOC-Tbilisi – Georgia
  • Golden Apricot – Armenia

Final selection will be announced on Monday 5 July 2021.

The partnership behind CHANGE

EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is Europe’s leading training, development and networking organisation for producers. In addition to our flagship programme, the renowned European Producers Workshop, we are involved in a variety of programmes in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. EAVE’s unique international network comprises over 2,300 producers and key decision-makers.

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world. A festival that continues to develop and expand, presenting a programme that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talents, from large-scale theatrical releases to film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art.

IMS (International Media Support) is a non-profit organisation working to support local media where they are greatest risk. We push for quality journalism and documentary film, challenge repressive laws and keep media workers of all genders safe so they can do their jobs. Peaceful, stable societies based on democratic values rely on ethical and critical journalism that aims to include, not divide. We work in more than 30 countries across four continents with a staff of about 140 people.

Download the application form here.