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ESoDoc 2021 in Vilnius: call for application

ESoDoc – European Social Documentary, promoted by ZeLIG School for Documentary and supported by EU’s Creative Europe Programme – is the training initiative for media professionals and “cross-thinkers” who want to increase the impact and outreach of their documentary films and cross-media projects by developing new storytelling skills, networking over different platforms, discovering new forms of team building, of producing and financing and new distribution strategies.

You are invited to be part of the international group of participants that will meet in Vilnius in partnership with the human rights festival Inconvenient Films from October 18 till 24. Co-Creation and group work are the basis of the diverse workshops and keynotes and you will be fully integrated into the project development process. ESoDoc is offering Lithuanian filmmakers the chance to participate in the full session. The offer includes 1 place for a participant with a project and 2 places for participants without a project.

Programme description

The ESoDoc session in Vilnius will be the second on-site meeting out of three and will be dedicated to consolidating the participants’ project development. Together with renowned tutors and experts, the participants will work in groups on the development of their storytelling skills, their impact and distribution strategies and will explore the possibilities offered by the most innovative interactive formats.

Mark Atkin from Crossover Labs will present his favourite selection of digital creativity and will be the participants’ guide through a robust reality check for finding the right format for a specific audience.

Amy Shepherd and Danielle Turkov from Think-Film Impact Production are keen to share their vision on impact production and will help the participants to sharpen their impact strategies.

HAM The Illustrator partnered for his Afrofuturistic immersive adventure story “Munkination” with the Royal Opera House and will share his experience with this ambitious project.

Bernd Scherer, Director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, will give deep insight into the interdisciplinary and cross-media way of developing international projects within a Cultural Institution that explores new relationships between artists and scientists within the actual global and planetary transformation processes.

In partnership with Inconvenient Films, ESoDoc will offer also panel discussions related to the films in the official programme and in the side events of the festival, inviting the authors to discuss actual topics:
– Keep Calm and Carry On Filming: how (not) to take sides in a polarised
– Poetry vs. Social Issues – is there (really) a contradiction?


Application form:
Deadline for application: SEPTEMBER 30, 2021


Travel and accommodation costs must be covered by the participant. Lunches and dinners are included. We warmly suggest staying in the same hotel as the other participants, in order to enjoy at best the international atmosphere and network with all other professionals present at the workshop.


Sabine Bubeck-Paaz (Germany), ESoDoc Head of Studies / Commissioning Editor at ZDF – Arte

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is a senior commissioning editor at ZDF (German Public Broadcaster) for various documentary slots on ARTE.

She is dealing with 52minutes and feature-length documentary films, reportages and Cross Media Projects. The topics range from Culture, Music, Popculture and History to Current Affairs, Human Interest and sociopolitical issues.

Lately, she has been involved in the Oscar-nominated international coproductions “The Act of Killing”, “The Look of Silence”, “Claude Lanzmann – Spectres of the Shoah” and other documentaries like “The Whale and the Raven”, Leftover Women” and “iHUMAN”.

Since 2015, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is also Head of Studies of the training initiative ESoDoc – European Social Documentary organized by ZeLIG Filmschool in Bolzano. As a tutor, she participates in international pitchings and in training workshops for
documentary projects.

Danielle Turkov (UK), Think-Film Impact Production, Founder & Executive Director

Danielle is the Founder and Executive Director of Think-Film Impact Production. Danielle’s creative passion and specialist experience in political engagement provide the binding thread so vital to TFIP’s vision and success. Before founding TFIP, she advised the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief, liaising with the European External Action Service, and spearheaded many projects on radicalisation. This, combined with her involvement in providing a platform for women, youth, religious minorities and refugees sparked her vision to revitalise creative mediums to empower socio-political progress. Danielle has exceptional experience driving dynamic and imaginative campaigns that take film and other creative arts projects to new levels of engagement and impact and connect together stakeholders with the power to deliver change.

Amy Shepherd (UK), Think-Film Impact Production, Global Impact Director

Amy leads TFIP’s global strategy and every aspect of impact campaigns. She brings a wide range of legal and policy experience to TFIP, having worked in the UK, The Philippines and at the EU on justice issues spanning prisoner rights, modern slavery, free speech, freedom of religion or belief and digital rights and data privacy. Amy draws from an extensive professional background in international law, politics and social justice advocacy to curate and implement imaginative and meaningful film impact campaigns that achieve measurable real-world outcomes. She thrives on adding layers of meaning and legacy to creative endeavours, challenging film industry expectations of what impact can deliver.

Bernd M. Scherer (Germany), Director of Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Bernd M. Scherer is Director of Haus der Kulturen der Welt since 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken. Philosopher and author of several publications focusing on aesthetics and international cultural exchange, Scherer came to the HKW from the Goethe-Institute. From 1989-1994, he was Director of the Goethe-Institute Karachi and Lahore, and from 1999-2000 he directed the Goethe-Institut Mexico City, subsequently acting as Director of the Arts Department at the Goethe-Institut main office in Munich from 2004-2005. Since January 2011, he teaches as Honorary Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He curated and directed major art and cultural projects such as “Das weiße Meer”, “Rethinking Europe”, and “Über-Lebenkunst”.

Mark Atkin (UK), Producer at Crossover Lab / Curator – Interactive at CPH:DOX

Mark is an immersive media specialist, expert in the curation and creation of cutting-edge projects that combine technical innovation and storytelling.

He is Immersive Curator at CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, SILBERSALZ Science and Media Festival, Germany, and Director of Electric Dreams. As Head of Studies of CPH:LAB, he spearheads the development of creatives in immersive media.

His creative work has been exhibited at The Barbican, London; MoMA, New York; Phi Centre, Montreal; Latitude Festival; Edinburgh International Festival and others.

He has produced nine films that combine stunning archive footage from the past century with contemporary soundtracks composed by popular musicians, to create unique live events as well as theatrical and television appointment experiences.

He produced Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, described by Broadcast Magazine as ‘genre-defining’, for the BBC, and Karen Palmer’s RIOT!, which uses machine learning algorithms and facial recognition technology as the navigation method through a branching film narrative.

HAM The Illustrator (UK)

HAM is an Award-Winning British-Namibian creative director, illustrator, and music producer based in London. His work reflects the intersections between multimedia storytelling and social impact and is largely centred around issues relating to human rights and climate change.

In 2021, HAM made it to the Quarter Finals of the World Illustrated Championship and is probably best known for his project ‘Munkination: A Second Chance”, an award-winning Afrofuturistic immersive Trap-Opera adventure story originally created when he was 15 years old. The project is centred around humanity and the present climate change crisis.

Munkination won the Immersive Development Award in 2019 and in the following year was invited to participate at both the CPH:LABS programme in Copenhagen, The Creative XR Programme in London and SXSW in Austin, Texas.