Call for projects

DOC FORWARD is a project-driven co-production workshop for emerging Nordic documentary producers and directors. The focus is on nationally established and new talent directors with ambitions to go international in partnership with both new and more established producers.

DOC FORWARD is a 2-part workshop programme focused on project development for the international market, establishing contacts with Nordic colleagues, and networking between the participants and the Nordic financiers from film institutes and public broadcasters. The deadline for submitting a project to the 2020 workshop is 15 November 2019.

Guided by experienced Nordic film professionals the workshop creates an informal atmosphere where knowledge is shared as the projects are developed, leading to constructive discussions, feedback and new contacts. The main tutor of the workshop is Mikael Opstrup.

The first part of the workshop will be held 28-30 January 2020 in Helsinki with the possibility to stay for DocPoint Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival. The second part will take place at the end of April, concluding with the projects pitching to Nordic film commissioners and commissioning editors from film Institutes and broadcasters, followed by individual meetings.

The 2-part structure will allow participants to develop and fine-tune their projects between the workshop sessions. During the 3 months from the first to the second workshop the project teams will stay in contact with the main workshop tutor, who will provide ongoing consultation on any aspect of their project development.

DOC FORWARD is funded through generous support from DFI, SFI, NFI, and AVEK.

How to apply:

The workshop is open to Nordic filmmakers and producers. The deadline for applying with a project is 15 November, 2019. You apply by filling in the online application form with information about the project and the team.

Before you begin, please have the following material ready for upload:

  • A 2 page pdf containing:
    – working title
    – a description of the project
    – length, production status, expected release
    – a description of and filmography for the director, producer and production company
  • A still photo representing the project.
  • A link to visual material (eg. trailer, clip etc.)

You can read more about DOC FORWARD here. For any questions please contact Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen,

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