EDN Head of Studies Mikael Opstrup
EDN Head of Studies Mikael Opstrup

The European Documentary Network has launched a workshop format aimed at film schools with documentary students. The workshop will  bring students from film school to the international market.

The EDN Films School Workshop is tailored for students who are about to finish their documentary education and therefore soon will be making films for the international documentary market. The goal is to equip these future creators with skills and knowledge preparing them for the challenges they will face in the industry.

The workshop format is flexible in terms of length and number of participants. It can be from one to five days long, but has a preferred length of 2-3 days. The fast-track program consists of a number of content components, which can be combined according to the needs of each specific film school. Among the standard components included in the workshop are sessions covering:

  • - Making a documentary project with international potential
  • - Pitching documentary projects: a closer look at the oral, visual and written formats included in a pitch
  • - Analysing the essence of a project’s market potential and unique selling points
  • - Valuable knowledge and tools for the international documentary market
  • - The doc market vocabulary: an introduction to key expressions and mechanisms in international documentary making

The workshop is developed by EDN Head of Studies Mikael Opstrup. He has just conducted the very first edition of the workshop in collaboration with the National Films School in Lodz, Poland. The film school offered the workshop to their graduate year students at the documentary department.

Upon completing the two-day workshop student Tomek Jeziorski stated: 'The 2-day workshop led by Mikael was one of the unique occasions to confront our projects with requirements of the international market. Mikael underlined the necessity of clear dramatic structures, which should be applied even to such experimental or intimate projects, as I had. I received great feedback from the whole group and I realised what my project is really about. Thank you for a wonderful workshop'.


Head of Film Production at the school Marcin Malatynski stated after the workshop: 'Thank you. It was really a very good and useful workshop. In my opinion the worst in pitching is a lack of confidence and a fear of making a fool of yourself. And this is probably why our students pretend it does not exist. This workshop changed their attitude a 180 degrees. They understood that pitching is another tool to help them understand what their project is really about and if it can be interesting for a potential viewer. And this is the shortest way to build the confidence'.

EDN is currently in contact with other film schools about offering the workshop for them. If you know of a film school interested in offering The EDN Films School Workshop to their students, please contact EDN Head of Studies Mikael Opstrup – mikael[AT]edn.dk.

Here you can read more about the workshop in Lodz

About EDN
EDN - European Documentary Network is stimulating networks & knowledge within the documentary sector. EDN provides documentary consulting and informs about possibilities for funding, financing, development, co-production, distribution and collaboration across borders. This is done via individual consultancy to members on documentary projects, activities like workshops, seminars and conferences as well as through the two indispensable publications DOX magazine and The EDN Financing Guide. EDN started in September 1996 and now over 1000 members from more than 60 countries have joined EDN. The organization is open for both newcomers and established filmmakers. Read more about EDN at - http://www.edn.dk/edn/