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Ice and Fire Docs 2019 Session 1

May 1-3, 2019. Tallinn, Estonia.

The new creative documentary workshop "Ice and Fire Docs" for Estonian and Finnish filmmakers is a joint initiative of the Estonian Documentary Guild, the Estonian Film Institute and the European Documentary Network. It was announced at this year's edition of  DocPoint Documentary Film Festival in Tallinn. The new workshop format is now open for submissions — applicants can submit their documentary projects until 25 March 2019.

“Ice and Fire Docs” is a new documentary workshop for Estonian and Finnish documentary filmmakers who aim to take their documentary projects to the international market. The creative director of the workshop is Mikael Opstrup, EDN Head of Studies and well-known tutor with extensive experience regarding the international documentary market. The second principal tutor will be Danish film editor Jesper Osmund, an internationally renowned professional whose track record in documentary includes more than 100 film credits.

The one-year workshop consists of three parts. The first and second sessions focus on the development of narrative and visual aspects of storytelling as well as editing techniques. The last session will take place during the DocPoint 2020 festival with a special focus on promotion and distribution.

The joint workshop also aims to promote the strong ties between the two countries in terms of filmmaking. Both young and experienced Estonian and Finnish authors are invited to participate.

The workshop consists of the following three parts:
Session 1 - Focus: storytelling, narrative, dramaturgy (May 2019)
Session 2 - Focus: editing, visual language (October 2019)
Session 3 - Focus: distribution, pitching (January 2020)


The submission deadline for documentary film projects in the development or early production stage is March 25, 2019. More information on how to apply can be found in the official Call for projects here:

Applicants who have questions regarding the programme and application procedure are welcome to get back to one of the two contacts below:


Heilika Pikkov

Project manager of Ice and Fire Docs

Filipp Kruusvall

Documentary Film Commissioner at the Estonian Film Institute



EDN Contact:

Mikael Opstrup