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Documentaries for Kids & Youth Development Workshop

May 11-12, 2019. Belgrade, Serbia.

EDN is organizing a development workshop for kids and youth documentaries at this year's edition of Beldocs Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. The deadline for submitting projects is 10 March 2019 . 

This development workshop focuses on documentaries for younger audiences. The workshop will have an intimate setting with the teams connected to six selected projects currently in development. All projects have a focus on younger audiences as their target. The short term goal is to strengthen the quality of concrete projects and provide the teams with the best possible route for international funding and distribution. The long term goal is to educate leading creators to better navigate the international market for kids and youth documentaries.

The workshop will also accept a number of participants without a project. They can take part in the whole workshop day and gain knowledge from the discussions. Only difference is not having their own project developed.

Workshop is accompanied by a full day of seminar in the first day intended as inspiration for both creators, funders, broadcasters, distributors and curators of documentaries. This first day can have many participants and will approach the subject matter from a broad perspective. The aim is to inspire, encourage and motivate all sides of the documentary sector to strengthen the quality of documentaries for younger audiences. Not only in terms of the content but also in the ways of engaging and reaching this audience segment.

The seminar and workshop will take place in Belgrade on May 11th and 12th (during the whole day).


Tutors at the workshop are:

  • Meike Statema, Head of Education and Youth programs, IDFA, The Netherlands
  • Ove Rishøj Jensen, EDN Film and Media Consultant, Denmark


For the Beldocs Documentaries for Kids & Youth Development Workshop we are looking for fresh, innovative and edgy projects in development with intensions about telling real life stories to younger target audience. In order to apply for the workshop, please send us a 2-page presentation with the following information about your project:


  • Short synopsis describing the story
  • Treatment with reflections on the visual approach and narrative structure
  • The total budget sum (not the whole budget) and a brief financing plan
  • Title, director, producer, production company, length, format & production plan/time of delivery
  • Short CV & filmography of company and director
  • Contact details on producer/production company and/or director
  • Link to pilot, trailer or other visual material representing the project


One director and one producer of the selected projects will be invited to Beldocs to present their projects. Half-board accommodation in double rooms (breakfast and a meal) for 3 nights and accreditation will be covered by Beldocs. Travel expenses need to be covered by the participants.

The Kids & Youth Documentary Workshop is a collaboration between EDN - European Documentary Network and Beldocs Industry.


The submission deadline is 10th of March.

Please send the materials as a single PDF to:

Ove Jensen 
Cem Öztüfekçi 



EDN Contact:

Ove Rishøj Jensen