About the Programme

What is Campus Latino?

Documentary Campus and the Goethe-Institut Mexico have set up a joint training programme for talented and experienced filmmakers from Latin America who do not have sufficient access to the international market.

By cooperating with existing local and regional institutions, festivals and media events, the programme’s objective is to create a high-quality training for the emerging Latin American documentary market that supports projects on a long-term basis, ensuring their quality and increasing their chances of being coproduced, while promoting regional integration.

En este documento PDF se encuentran informaciónes sobre el programa Campus Latino y más detalles sobre la presentación de solicitudes para el programa en español.

How it works:

In its first year CAMPUS LATINO has a special focus on Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Filmmakers from the following countries are invited to submit their project ideas:

Belize | Guatemala | El Salvador | Honduras | Nicaragua | Costa Rica | Panama

Cuba | Jamaica | Dominican Republic | Haiti | Trinidad and Tobago


Selected participants then attend workshops that offer insight into the whole process of setting up an international coproduction and cover topics, such as: how to develop your story, access the international market, pitch your project and distribute your finished film.


• Train and professionalize local filmmakers to help them develop high-quality projects.
• Offer creative and practical support at every stage of project development.
• Be a platform to strengthen the documentary market in Latin America as a whole but with special emphasis in its first round 2017/2018 on Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico and thereby improving coproduction possibilities both in the region and on an international level.
• Attract international experts, financiers and producers interested in working in and with Latin America.
• Build bridges between countries to create a strong network of talent as well as connecting documentary filmmakers from all over Latin America with global experts.


The Campus Latino programme includes:

Workshop #1 @ IFF Panama
3 – 5 April 2017 | 3 days | 12 projects

For this initial workshop we will work together with experts from Latin America and Europe. The focus will be on storytelling, dramaturgy and script development. In addition we will give a first overview on regional and international funding possibilities, focus on international coproduction possibilities and work on a financial strategy. From the 12 projects, we will then select 6 projects with the greatest potential for regional and international coproductions to take part in the second workshop.

Workshop #2 @ Mexico DOCSDF
12-21 October 2017 | 3 days | 6 projects

The 6 selected projects from the first workshop in Panama will work on the following topics with the help of international experts: story, finance plan and budgeting for international coproductions, project presentation, coproduction possibilities in Latin America, international coproduction law. Development of a trailer for the pitching at IFF Panama 2018 and the Dok.forum Munich 2018. Furthermore, individual meetings will be scheduled with international commissioning editors and experts.

Workshop #3 @ IFF Panama
March/April 2018 | 3 days | 6 projects

At this third workshop, we will prepare pitch, trailer and project presentation material. The 6 projects will then pitch in front of a panel of decision-makersfrom Latin America.

Workshop #4 @ DOK.fest & DOK.forum Munich
May 2018 | 3 days | 4 projects

Projects with the greatest potential for international coproductions and distribution in Europe for festivals, cinema and TV will be invited to participate in a final workshop at the DOK.fest Munich, one of the most important festivals for documentaries in Germany, where a pitching will take place in front of commissioning editors from international television and distribution companies as well as other key players from the industry. In a final workshop, experts will individually advise and train the participants for the pitching, one-to-one meetings and the follow-up. We have a special focus on production, distribution, sales & marketing strategies.

We reserve the right to make slight changes to the programme.

Head of Studies:

Bettina Walter is a German producer with 15+ years of working experience and committed to producing documentaries for the international market from her base Barcelona. Her films, such as FALCIANIS TAX BOMB, GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN, MY LIFE WITH CARLOS or THE DEVIL´S MINER were co-produced with leading international broadcasters such as ARTE/ZDF, BBC, SFR, RTS, TVE/TVC and PBS. They screened at festivals like Sundance, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and were nominated for and awarded with prizes worldwide, incl. the FIPRESCI, PBS Ind Lens, Prix Europa, the Grimme Prize and German TV Award. Since 8 years, she has been a consultant tutor on documentary filmmaking, development, international financing and coproduction at the UB University of Barcelona, UAB Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, ECIB & Filmakademie of Baden- Württemberg. She has extensive experience in international coproductions, garnered by working with leading European production companies such as Gebrüder Beetz in Germany, and, in Barcelona, Diagonal TV-Endemol, Parallel 40, Polar Star Films, and Media Pro. Bettina possesses a strong network of creative and experienced screenwriters, film-makers, directors, producers, and distributors all over the world. She has participated with her projects in the DOCUMENTARY CAMPUS MASTERSCHOOL and EURODOC.


Gema Juárez Allen is a producer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has produced over 15 documentaries and fiction films presented at the most important film festivals where they received innumerable awards. Among her recent credits are SOLDADO (Manuel Abramovich, 2017, Berlinale), OSCURO ANIMAL (Felipe Guerrero, 2016, Rotterdam), 327 CUADERNOS (Andres Di Tella, 2015, San Sebastian) and INVASION (Abner Benaim, 2014, IDFA). The films were financed and supported by The World Cinema Fund, Hubert Bals Fund, IDFA Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance, Proimágenes, etc. Gema has positioned herself as one of the most prominent Latin American producers, building lasting alliances with partners such as Majade Filmproduktion (DE), Viking Film (NL), Topkapi Films (NL), Lemming Film (NL), Boo Productions (GR), Sutor Kolonko (DE), WG Film (SE), mutokino (COL). Gema Juárez Allen is part of the EAVE and EURODOC film professionals’ networks.

More experts will be announced shortly.

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Cooperation Partners 2017 & 2018:

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