Research and rights clearance workshop

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Research and rights clearance film, photos and music workshop


The main goal of this workshop is to learn and delve into the world of image research and archival image and music right clearances. Also, we’ll get familiar with concepts such as “fair use” and orphan works”, which will allow us to discover different ways to reduce costs and limit risks when it comes to include images, pictures and music in our projects.

The workshop combines theory and practice and is especially directed towards documentarists, archivists, archival researchers, directors and producers and anyone who deals with archival material.

When and where: Thursday 16th of May and Friday 17th of May 2019, from 10am to 2pm in CCCB (Barcelona).



In this workshop, we’ll work on these areas:

  1. What is Copyright
  2. Different laws of copyright by country
  3. The current rights Marketplace
  4. New frontiers – description of new media
  5. Trends
  6. Implications and recommendations

  1. Content / Editorial Research
    1. Where to go to conduct the research
    2. How to approach people and organizations
    3. How to find and record information
    4. Identifying the rights owners
    5. Research


    • Visual Research
      1. How to find the best sources of visual material – photographs, archival film, graphics and maps
      2. Negotiating terms and rates
      3. Inexpensive alternatives to expensive archival footage
      4. Identifying public domain material
      5. Budget management


    • Music licenses
      1. Music Clearance 101 – definitions, costs, rights required
      2. Creative tips on how to clear music with a budget in mind


Tutor: Elizabeth Klinck

Elizabeth Klinck has worked as producer, researcher and clearance specialist on numerous North American and European documentary films and transmedia projects that have garnered Emmy, FOCAL, Peabody and Oscar awards. A graduate of Queen’s University, she has taught at Ryerson University in Toronto and led research and rights clearance workshops at universities, colleges, and international conferences including IDFA, Archidoc, Realscreen, Sheffield DocFest, Europe’s Documentary Campus, The World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, and Banff Media Summit.

Nominated for an Emmy in the Craft of Research and three times for Best Researcher at the FOCAL Awards in the UK, Elizabeth has won the Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research in 2018, 2017, 2015, and 2014 at the Canadian Screen Awards, 2015 Gemeaux,  and 2010 Gemini for Best Visual Research, a Yorkton Golden Sheaf award, and the FOCAL International Lifetime Achievement Award.

Elizabeth served on the board of WIFT Toronto, Impact Media Summit and is the founding chairperson of the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada. She is on Executive Committee for FOCAL International in the UK and is a member of DOC Toronto.


To apply for the workshop, you must complete the form of this link and make the payment. If you have any doubts in the registration, write to

The workshop has 24 participants maximum and is arranged by order of registration.

Apply here

The cost to participate at the Workshop is:

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

The fee includes:

  • The working sessions with the tutor.
  • Coffee breaks from both workshop days.
  • Festival ticket season.
  • Access to Opening and Closing ceremonies (RSVP needed).

*Professional Accreditation not included.

**The workshop fee is not refundable, only the return of the cost of the fee will be made in case of cancellation of the training by the organization.

Research and rights clearance workshop