OPEN TRAINING SESSION: New Strategies of Filmmaking in a Changing World

Once again the Documentary Campus Masterschool opens its digital doors. Join us for our virtual Open Training Session on ZOOM on 15 November 2021 from 16:00 – 18:00 CEST in cooperation with Filmstiftung NRW and the Creative Europe Desk NRW.

We will look into the future of filmmaking and discuss NEW STRATEGIES IN A CHANGING WORLD. We will address the new ethical standards in the industry and how filmmaking can also become more green and sustainable. We also address how the market is changing with increasing competition from global streaming platforms and what new collaboration and partnership options are possible.

How will the industry transform in the coming years and what changes are already taking place? What challenges and opportunities emerge from this?

To join these sessions, please register under this LINK


16:00 - 16:30 CEST: Green Producing - The New Standard

Speaker: Steve Smith, Picture Zero Productions

16:30 - 17:15 CEST: United for more powerful docs: Thoughts on collaboration & partnership in Filmmaking

Speaker: Christian Popp, YUZU Productions

17:15 - 18:00 CEST: Docs for Sale: The Future of Selling and Marketing

Speakers: Vesna Cudic & Al Morrow (MetFilm)


Steve Smith

is a BAFTA award-winning television director who has taken the creative lead on numerous projects to help create some of the UK’s most popular television programmes. With over 30 years of production experience in which he’s directed, produced and executive produced shows, working on a wide range of programmes across a number of genres. In 2020 Steve co-founded Picture Zero Productions as a new independent production company focused on telling climate change and climate solution stories. Their first feature-length documentary – The People Vs Climate Change had exclusive access to the UK’s first citizens’ assembly on climate change.

Christian Popp

After studying History and Arts in France and Germany, Christian Popp started his career as a producer in 2005. A former commissioning editor at ARTE since 1997, he commissioned more than 30 documentaries, numerous theme evenings and live broadcasting shows. As producer for Interscience film, a French-German production company, he produced more than 20 documentaries and docudramas for the international market. He cofounded the Berlin based DOCDAYS Productions where he produced until 2014 several documentaries and transmedia projects. He worked as consultant for EDN, IDFA Academy, Visions du Réel, La Femis, East Doc Platform, Doc Lab Poland, Media and other European institutions and acted as Head of Industry of FIPADOC International Documentary Festival 2020-2021..

Vesna Cudic

Vesna is the Head of MetFilm Sales, a London-based agency, specialising in documentary features and series. Since setting up the sales agency at MetFiilm in 2017, Vesna has built a strong slate, which includes BIFA 2021 winner “The Reason I Jump” by Jerry Rothwell, Sam Hopkinson’s “Misha and the Wolves” and Kim Longinotto’s “Shooting the Ma!a”. She executive produced MetFilm’s “Last Breath” and “Misha and the Wolves” (Sundance 2021) and Teresa Gri#th’s “Lee Miller” doc winner of two craft BAFTAs 2021. Most recently, Vesna produced Alba Sotorra’s “The Return: Life after Isis” (SXSW, HotDocs, She#eld Doc/Fest 2021). Prior to joining MetFilm, Vesna headed the sales arm of Dogwoof from its inception in 2011 until 2017.

Al Morrow

Al is an award-winning producer and Head of Documentary at MetFilm Production. She produced LAST BREATH (Netflix/BBC/ZDF Arte), SOUR GRAPES directed by Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas for Netflix, Arte, and VPRO, and HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD directed by Jerry Rothwell (Sky Atlantic/BFI/Impact Partners/CTV), which premiered at Sundance 2015 and won the World Cinema Special Jury Award: Editing and the IDA Pare Lorentz Award. Previous films include Jeanie Finlay’s films PANTOMIME (BBC Storyville) and THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX(BBC/Creative Scotland); Sarah Gavron’s THE VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which premiered at BFI LFF 2012; Jerry Rothwell’s TOWN OF RUNNERS (ITVS/Britdoc C4), which premiered at Tribeca 2012; the Grierson-nominated DONOR UNKNOWN (More4/ITVS/Arte); MEN WHO SWIM (BBC Storyville/Arte/SVT/VPRO) winner of the Audience Award at Silverdocs 2010; HEAVY LOAD (BBC Storyville, IFCtv, ITVS); and DEEP WATER (Pathe/UKFC/FilmFour), Grierson Award winner for Best Cinema Documentary.