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Crossing Borders 2018 Part 1

July 28 - August 2, 2018. Taipei, Taiwan.

Crossing Borders is a training programme for documentary professionals in Europe and Asia looking to access the international documentary market. The programme has so far taken place in China (2010), Malaysia (2011, 2013 & 2017), Indonesia (2015) and South Korea (2012 & 2016). The deadline for submitting projects is 16 April 2018.

The Crossing Borders programme aims to bring together filmmakers and documentary experts from both Europe and Asia, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders with the ambition to enter each other's markets both artistically and financially. Crossing Borders is organised by EDN and Documentary Campus, with this year's edition being presented in partnership with Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific Limited, Taiwan Branch.

This year's edition of Crossing Borders consists of four sessions: a development workshop kicking off the programme, a separate online session focusing on story development and trailers (scheduled for September), a pitch training workshop taking place in October in Leipzig, Germany (also see Crossing Borders Part 2) and a local workshop and pitching for Taiwanese projects, taking place in Taipei in December..

To be eligible for Crossing Borders you either have to be an Asian resident with a company based in an Asian country or be a European with a European company address. Projects must either take place in Asia or have an Asian angle / relevance. The language of the workshop is English and all applications must be in English.


• Story development workshop incl. new media and VR focus: 28 July - 2 August | Taipei, Taiwan
• Expert consultation sessions — September | Online
Pitch training workshop incl. presentation to international financiers: 23–28 October | Leipzig, Germany
• Local workshop and pitching for Taiwanese projects: 8-9 December | Taipei, Taiwan


Crossing Borders is looking for documentary professionals (directors, producers, writers) coming from Europe and Asia (with a focus on Asia/Southeast Asia (SEA)) who have experience in their domestic market but strive to work in the international field. European filmmakers must have a project in development/early production with a relation to Asia.

We are looking for:

• All types of factual media, especially television series, creative documentaries, multiplatform projects
• genre films, e.g. history, science, arts, wildlife, natural history, environment or human interest
• great stories that need additional development before being pitched internationally
• stories and characters that can reach global audiences


When applying please send the following documents via email to submit_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern

1) Application Form* (PDF). Please make sure to download the form and opening it with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Otherwise the form may not be displayed correctly eg. when opening it directly in your browser.

The application form includes a field labelled "Link to self-presentation video": Here we encourage applicants to post a link to a short self-presentation video stating their motivation to take part in the training.
* Please note that if Adobe is not your standard PDF reader, you may need to manually click on the form, choose open with and then select Adobe.


2) A max two-page presentation of the documentary project. Be sure to include:

- info on the film: depending on the nature of the project this can be: the story / characters / visual approach / directors note etc.
- a financing plan and estimated completion date for project
- director’s CV and/or producer's CV
- a short profile of the production company, if applicable

Applicants should also briefly state why specifically a European-Asian exchange and collaboration is relevant to their work and projects, even if this may seem apparent by the content of their proposed film projects. We will be looking for participants who show an ambition and the capacity to build longer-term relationships in the “foreign region” with which they will be collaborating during the workshops.

• All video material must be submitted via link to stream
• All applications must be in English
• All participants are required to have a working knowledge of English
• All applicants may attend the workshop with one team partner maximum and at least one person from the project team must participate in workshop 1 and 2.
• Projects should be well researched and developed to a stage where a comprehensive synopsis, outline, initial budget and schedule are available. This will ensure the participants to benefit from the condensed workshop schedule to the full extent. Furthermore, a first short trailer version of the project should be available for workshop no. 1 in Taipei, Taiwan.
The participants of Crossing Borders will be selected by a selection committee. In the final selection, an emphasis will be placed on the quality and international potential of the proposed documentary film projects, and on the previous experience of the applicants themselves.
As soon as the selection of the Crossing Border participants is official, all applicants will receive an email telling them if their projects have been accepted or rejected. The applications and proposed documentary projects will be treated confidentially. All rights on the developed projects naturally remain with the participants.

There is no participation fee for the course. The selected participants will pay for their airfares, accommodation and subsistence at each workshop.

All applications must be send via e-mail to: submit_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern

The application form can be downloaded here.


About Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders is an international training programme launched in 2010 by Documentary Campus and the EDN – European Documentary Network. It brings together filmmakers and documentary experts from both Europe and Asia, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders, and have the ambition to enter each other’s markets both artistically and financially.

Through one-to-one sessions with recognized professionals and trainers from around the world, the programme offers creative and practical support for targeting a project for the international market. The aim is to create an invaluable network between Europe and Asia and to furnish the participants with the necessary knowledge and contacts for their future work on an international level.



Crossing Borders is an initiative by:

In partnership with:

Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific Limited, Taiwan Branch

Supported by: