With the perfect mix of workshops, webinars, pitches and extensive networking opportunities, the prestigious Masterschool is a one-stop-shop for non-fiction projects of all media looking for a boost in the European market. The Masterschool offers 10 months of hands-on training and development from international experts. You will be carefully matched 1-on-1 with industry specialists, who will assist in developing, financing and marketing your documentary for public release, whether on the traditional TV market or on new digital platforms. In addition to strengthening your project, the Masterschool provides invaluable wisdom and contacts to fuel your production company for all future endeavours.
Masterschool offers a unique combination of five rigorous workshops with over 40 international experts, plus additional year-round webinars. You'll also take part in four further training events in collaboration with our partners CPH:DOX, DOK.fest Munich, Sarajevo Film Festival, DOK Leipzig and IDFA. These key industry markets and festivals will ensure your project is brought to the international stage with extensive networking opportunities. Finally, you'll pitch your fully developed project at the Leipzig Networking Days, where you'll be in direct contact with international commissioners, funders, and producing partners to get your documentary not only off the ground, but into the stratosphere.
For over 20 years, the Masterschool programme has developed internationally acclaimed films, including 2016’s festival hit “Notes on Blindness” and its corresponding VR experience “Into Darkness”; Slovenia’s official Oscar entry “Houston, we have a Problem” and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak's “Something Better to Come”.
"The Masterschool training programme is distinctive in how it connects documentary industry professionals with filmmaking teams that need guidance, mentorship and feedback at a critical stage in their projects. The dynamic between tutors and tutees is geared to be incisive and tactical in how projects’ strengths and weaknesses are pinpointed – enabling each filmmaking team to continue to develop their stories knowing the full scope of their story’s potential." – Jose Rodriguez, Director of Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute, USA
"Documentary Campus' Masterschool was a formative experience for us both, helping us navigate the complexities of developing our first long-form documentary - "Notes on Blindness". The structure of the workshops gave us the time and resources to interrogate the project (including planting the seed for our accompanying virtual reality experience "Into Darkness"), as well as providing an invaluable opportunity to connect us to industry contacts from across the European documentary community." – Masterschool alumni Peter Middleton & James Spinney, 2013, "Notes on Blindness" and "Into Darkness"
“The international nature of the participants, tutors and programme locations make this stand-out, bringing together a valuable range of creative perspectives at a time when there are real opportunities in the genre and global documentary is having a renaissance." – Richard Bradley, CEO & Producer, Lion TV, UK
“The new contacts I could establish during this programme provide a wide range of new possibilities for further projects and for my production company. We are already in in-depth strategic talks with other partners I got in touch with during this programme, that will potentially reach way beyond the specific project I developed during the Masterschool." – Masterschool alumnus Hansjürgen Schmölzer, 2019, Project: Peace Kitchens