All you need to know about producing docs in Europe
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The European Documentary Network has launched the EDN Co-Production Guide, with details on co-production in 30 countries – and more to come
During this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France (23-26 June), the European Documentary Network (EDN) launched its first EDN Co-Production Guide, a new handbook for the international financing of documentaries, so far covering 30 countries.
“For almost two decades, the EDN Financing Guide has been a ‘must’ for producers working with international documentary financing. The Co-Production Guide will be a supplement and will become an equally important tool for producers looking for international opportunities,” said EDN’s head of studies, Danish producer Mikael Opstrup, at the launch.
Experienced producers in the 30 European countries have contributed information about co-production funds and guidelines for funding in their regions, as well as titles of co-produced projects and production companies, and relevant contact info. The guide will be updated every year, to include further territories across more continents.
According to EDN’s web editor and film consultant, Danish producer Ove Rishøj Jensen, the new guide is short enough to give the reader an overview of co-production possibilities in the 30 countries, and detailed enough for him or her to create a co-production strategy. A total of 27 countries are already online, and the remaining three will be added soon.
Headquartered in Copenhagen and Brussels, the EDN is an organisation made up of film professionals working with documentaries, and it currently has more than 1,000 members from over 60 countries. Also the publisher of DOX Magazine, the EDN is annually involved in over 50 documentary events worldwide.