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Media and Society: European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape

EDN is currently conducting a research project aimed at all professionals working in the documentary sector and related fields. The project entitled "Media and Society: European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape" will set out a blueprint to secure a sustainable future for the industry. It brings together academics, documentary filmmakers, key documentary organisations, media policy makers and a wide range of media stakeholders. In today’s rapidly changing media world we need to shape our future together.

A survey among hundreds of documentary professionals has been carried out in 2018. The first results based on the completed survey questionnaires have been presented at IDFA 2018 and EFM/DocSalon 2019.


The documentary sector has experienced fundamental changes and disruption over the past decades. The post-Internet media environment with its new platforms and players has increasingly challenged the traditional models of business and financing in our sector. In order to take stock and strengthen the role of documentary filmmaking in the European media domain, EDN has launched the Media & Society initiative (click here to download the PDF Project Presentation).

The initiative will involve the sector's key stakeholders and aims to publish a policy document, or 'White Book', that will set out clear recommendations for the future. The final document will be presented in November 2019 at IDFA in Amsterdam.

The project is made up of fact-finding, analysis and policy discussion over a period of one year. It will be a continuous process, involving several working groups dedicated to developing a vision for a sustainable future. The project also includes a series of 'meeting moments' during which professionals can exchange information with working group members and discuss their work and insights. In addition, we will be organizing 'presentation moments' at various documentary industry events during which emerging findings of the project will be shared with a wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers and the media — the initiative is open to input from all professionals working in the documentary sector.

Project Presentation and Roadmap

You can download the PDF "Media and Society" project presentation incl. roadmap here:
Media and Society: European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape (PDF, 700kb)

 

Interim Research Results

You can download the PDF "Media and Society Research Report DocSalon 2019" here:
Media and Society Research Report DocSalon 2019 (PDF, 680kb)

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Let us know in case there's anything else we should consider for the final white paper:
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The initiative is supported by the following partners: