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14 January 2011

March 16 - 20, 2011. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Docs in Thessaloniki is an international pitching forum and workshop offering an outstanding opportunity to create alliances for future collaborations. Here you will develop & pitch your project and network with European colleagues and financiers in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere. Submission deadline is on January 21, 2011.

Docs in Thessaloniki consist of a five-day program, where 21 selected documentary projects will be developed, re-written and pitched.


The first three days are focusing on development

The participating project teams are working on their projects’ structure, style and focus of the content as well as the presentation and pitching techniques. This is done by working in small groups under guidance from international experts and through highly informative seminar sessions. At the end of the workshop each project is re-written and presented to the participating financiers in a 2-page presentation.

The development workshop is lead by experienced international producers & filmmakers. The names will be announced soon.


Docs in Thessaloniki concludes with two days of pitching

During the pitching sessions all participants pitch their projects to a panel of international financiers from leading broadcasters. Pitchers have seven minutes to present their projects. The visual material in form of a trailer or promo has to be included in these seven minutes. After the pitch the panel has seven minutes to give feedback.

The pitching session is followed by scheduled individual meetings between the pitching teams and the financiers. The meetings are for in-depth discussions about further development and possible future collaboration.

The panel will consist of financiers from leading broadcasters and funders. So far the following financiers have confirmed their participation:

  -  Madeleine Avramoussis, ARTE G.E.I.E., France   -  Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/ARTE, Germany   -  Jenny Westergård, YLE FST, Finland   -  Cynthia Kane, ITVS International, USA   -  Wim Van Rompaey, Lichtpunt, Belgium


More names will be added to this list very soon.

How to participate


The deadline for applying for Docs in Thessaloniki is January 21, 2011.

You submit your project by sending a written 2-page presentation of your project accompanied by visual material.

Your written 2-page presentation should include the following elements:

- Title, name of producer, production company and director, length, format & production plan/time of delivery - Short synopsis - Treatment with visual approach & reflections on the narrative - The total budget sum (not the whole budget) - A brief financing plan - Short CV & filmography of company and director - Contact details on producer/production company and/or director


The submission of your 2-page presentation is via email to: submit_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern browser.edn.dk

The visual material
We prefer receiving applications accompanied by visual material; either as material already shot for the submitted project or as a previous work. You submit your visual material either as a DVD or by including a link to an online streaming facility, when emailing your 2-page presentation. Please note that submitted DVDs will not be returned.

DVDs should be posted to:

EDN Att: Hanne Skjødt Vognmagergade 10 1st floor Copenhagen K Denmark


Participating as observer

You can also take part in the session as an observer, without a project to be pitched. You will then take part in all sessions of the workshop on equal terms of the pitching teams, but without having a project developed and pitched. If you want to apply for an observer seat please send your CV to EDN Network Manager Hanne Skjødt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Participation fee

The price for participating in Docs in Thessaloniki is:

  - 300 Euro for the first person connected to a project   - 200 Euro for second or third person connected to a project   - 200 Euro for observers

EDN members receive a 20% discount.