Africa Residency Programme 2019 for filmmakers to be held in Munich (fully funded)

Are you a young African filmmaker looking for an international training platform to develop your new documentary film project? For the second time, DOK.fest München together with the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich and the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) offers a Residency Programme accompanied by training in story and treatment development, financing and pitching.

Its aims.

The Africa residency is aimed at supporting emerging filmmakers from African countries to develop their feature-length narrative documentary film projects at the international level.

The residency includes two programme periods: 1st period: 7th January to 28th February 2019;  2nd period: 1st April to 30th May 2019. The month of March is planned for further research and filming in the respective home country.

Training programme 2019

Block 1: Close connection to the film academy programme, cultural exchange, and excursion

During the first training block, the program will be focused on: Story and treatment development, Budgeting and financing and Pitch training.

This phase also includes cultural exchange events in Munich as well as an excursion to the Berlinale.

Block 2: Pitching at DOK. Fest 2019

During the second stay, the residents will have the opportunity to pitch their projects at the industry platform of DOK.fest München, the Marketplace (9th to 12th May 2019).  They will be dealing with Pitch training and Pitch production.

At selected roundtables, all participating filmmakers will be invited to discuss and further develop their projects with producers, commissioning editors, distributors and sales agents especially interested in African content.

Participation conditions.

This contest is opened to all filmmakers (directors/authors) who are younger than 35 years old, hold the citizenship of a sub-Saharan African country and primarily live and work in Africa, currently work on a feature-length documentary film (minimum 52 min.) which is supposed to be shot and produced in an African country and who are fluent in the English language, in both its written and spoken form.


In order to apply for the Residency Programme, you have to send the following two PDF documents in English to:

In the1st PDF, fill in the application form completely in the downloaded version!
(Please insert your first and second name in the title of the PDF file: LastName_FirstName_OnlineForm_DNA_2019)

In the 2nd PDF, Please also send your project outline as one single PDF file (max. 2 MB), covering the following aspects: Project title; Synopsis (max. 4,000 characters); Film length (films beginning from 52 min are only accepted.), Visual concept (what is your intended approach and which cinematic means are you going to use? Director’s statement (why do you want to do this film? Max. 2,000 characters)

Please insert your first and second name as well as the project title in the title of the PDF file: LastName_FirstName_ProjectTitle_DNA_2019)

Application deadline is 18th November 2018

For further information, visit the  ODK.fest Munchen web site.

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