Development Workshop DocsBarcelona 2017

Addressed to all directors and producers with a documentary project in development.

The participants will work on the projects individually with the tutor to pick up the weaknesses and strengths of each project to be able to develop a good documentary film. The consultancy will be done in group so that everyone can enrich from the other projects in addition to mature his own project.

The aim is to provide the methodology and the right tools to be successful in the production and development of international documentaries. You will work on the plot, the storyline and the characters, among other aspects of the script.

This is the fourth edition of this workshop at DocsBarcelona (each edition the workshop was booked out). This workshop has been given at several other festivals and professional markets link for example: San Sebastián (Spain), Encuentros de Cartagena (Colombia), DocMontevideo (Uruguay), DocsDF (Mexico), DocsBarcelonaMedellín (Colombia), SurDocs and DocsBarcelonaValparaíso (Chile).

Among the projects that have participated in this workshop we can find, among others, Where the roads end by Noemí Cuní (Spain), Amazona by Claire Weiskopf (Colombia), Inés: recuerdos de una vida by Luisa Sossa (Colombia), La ciudad de los fótografos by Sebastian Moreno (Chile), El edificio de los Chilenos by Macarena Aguiló (Chile)…

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Thursday May 25th, Friday May 26th and Saturday May 27th from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at CCCB.

ATTENTION: Submissions open until March 16th  or until places are booked out. You can submit 2 people per project, the fee is per person. The projects will go through a selection process. The workshop will be given in Spanish.


Joan Gonzàlez 2016moltPEKEJoan Gonzàlez

Director of DocsBarcelona Festival. Executive producer, filmmaker and editor.

He has produced more than 150 documentary films, some of them have been awarded at the Berlinale, selected at Festivals like INPUT or Sundance. Joan Gonzàlez was given the European EDN Award in 2013 for his contribution to the development of the documentary culture in the South of Europe.

How to apply for the Development Workshop?

To register for the workshop you have to send an email with subject DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP + NAME OF THE PROJECT to:

In the email you must include the following information:

1. Written document: A presentation of the project (maximum of 2 pages long) in PDF format with the following information:

  • Page 1: Project title, storyline, synopsis, focus, character names and their role in the documentary showing that an investigation has been conducted. Brief summary of the state of research (locations, interviews, etc.).
  • Page 2: Curriculum vitae of the director and  the producer or production company (optional). You can also include a summary of the budget and the financial plan (optional).

2. In  the email you must include the following information:

– Project Title
– Name and Surname of the participant
– Your task within the project
– Production company and website (optional)
– Country
– Telephone number

3. You can add a link with the teaser of the project (optional).


Can I attend the Development Workshop if I don’t have any documentary project in development?

Yes you can, you can attend as an OBSERVER if there are places left. To register for the workshop as an observer you have to send an email with subject OBSERVER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP + YOUR NAME AND SURNAME to:

In the email you must include the following information:

– Name and Surname
– Job title
– Production company and website (optional)
– Telephone number
– Why do you want to attend the Development Workshop?

The cost to participate as an OBSERVER at the Development Workshop is (PER PARTICIPANT):

FEE (21% VAT included)
*The fee is per participant.

 The fee includes:

  • The working sessions with the tutor.
  • Coffee breaks from the 3 sessions.
  • Festival ticket season.
  • Access to Opening and Closing ceremonies (RSVP needed).
  • Access to Master Classes.
*Professional Accreditation not included.
ATTENTION: If you want to have access to the industry and networking activities, you will need to register to the Professional Accreditation.


  • The registration deadline is March 16th 2017 
  • By the end of March we will publish the selected projects on the website.
  • The workshop will be on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th from 9am to 2pm at the CCCB.

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