Doc Free Zone

For producers and directors to advance their creative and visual treatment, to tackle issues in their team’s dynamics and to push the production status forwards.

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This e-course offers film teams a safe and professional space and a program through which they can reexamine the process, diagnose, address and confront the main issues, and get one-on-one consultancy by experts of the field. It offers inspiration and knowledge that allows for tapping into practical advancement of their film projects.
There is no possibility to apply for this e-course in 2018.

Through this e-course, seasoned filmmakers, producers and directors, help participating teams to overcome limitations and challenges they are facing while developing their film projects. The program of the e-course is designed to allow each team the space and consultancy to advance their creative and visual treatment, to tackle issues in their team’s dynamics and push forwards the production status. In addition, a particular attention will be given to storytelling, research in the development phase, writing a treatment and synopsis, challenges within teams, important aspects of budgets and financing plans, and visual material.

This e-course is designed in 3 modules:

The Webinar: 8 online sessions consisting of (3) individual intensive one-on-one consultancies by the main consultant and (5) online group sessions with experts of the field. Themes range from Story vs ThemeProduction StagesPreparation, the Writing ProcessTrailers and Visual TreatmentsBudget and Financial Plans. The webinar module also includes watching and reading online material individually.

*  Sessions are planned every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm (CET time) for 2 hours.
   First session on October 18th. The full duration is 5 weeks.

The Assignment: In parallel to the webinar and the one-on-one consultancies, the participating teams have each the opportunities to work on advancing their scripts, treatments, and visual material resulting in a complete and advanced file. Their updated and advanced files are reviewed by a pool of experts who give constructive feedback and expert advice in a final session.

*  Final feedback session, on Wednesday at 4pm (CET time) November 15th.

The Tour: a 3-5 day tour in an International documentary professional convention is arranged for selected teams who have reached a complete advanced development of their files and successfully attended all sessions. The tour provides accreditation for teams to be able to attend industry sessions, debates and pitching and to network with further peers and experts in addition to getting further script/production consultancies.

 *  dates expected for the tour: 16-22 November.

 *   attending the tour requires a valid Schengen Visa which is the responsibility of participants,
     DOX BOX shall provide support and assistance.

Raed Andoni (lead mentor) is an award-winning Palestinian filmmaker based in Paris. His most recent film Ghost Hunting (2017) premiered in BERLIN International film festival and won the Glashütte Original Documentary Award for best documentary film. Raed’s filmography started in 1997 when he co-founded DAR FILMS, a production company based in Ramallah, where he produced and secured wide international distribution for a number of award-winning documentaries. In 2008, he co-founded LES FILMS DE ZAYNA, a Paris-based production company.

His first feature documentary as a director, Improvisation, (2006), has been well appreciated in the international festivals and received the 2006 Art and Culture Award in the International Mediterranean documentary competition run by CMCA. His second feature-length film Fix Me (2010) premiered in SUNDANCE and CANNES and won several awards in International and Arab Film Festivals, and released commercially in France in November 2010.

Guest Mentors:

  • Rasha Salti
  • Palmyre Badinier
  • Sara Ishaq



  • Application deadline: September 4th
  • Notification of shortlisted: October 4th
  • Confirmation of participating teams: October 10th.
    (* failure to confirm participation will result in revoking the acceptance and/or scholarship)
  • Start of the e-course: October 18th
  • Start of the tour (for selected teams): November 16th

Aimed and designed for teams ideally consisting of a director and producer currently working on a documentary film project at any stage ranging from advanced pre-production to rough-cut. Teams who are struggling in advancing the stage of their film production and wishing to receive consultancy and professional feedback and advice from seasoned industry professionals.

Applicants Eligibility

  • Teams of a director and producer working together and applying with an attached eligible documentary film project (project eligibility criteria mentioned hereunder).
  • Directors currently working on and applying with an attached eligible documentary film project and acting in the capacity of a producer.
  • Previous filmmaking experience is a requirement.
  • Nationals of the following countries: (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen). Citizens of these eligible countries who do not possess a passport (such as stateless citizens), bi-nationals, non-Arab ethnicities and/or those living temporarily outside the region are eligible and welcomed.
  • Of any age over eighteen.
  • There is no prerequisite for an applicant’s proficiency in English or German.
  • To attend the full program, a filmmaker needs to be able to fully communicate in either of the following languages: Arabic, English, French, Kurdish, Tamazight.

Project Eligibility

  • Only documentary film projects are eligible. Fiction is not accepted.
  • Only independent productions are eligible.
  • Documentary films of any length and sub-genre (including animadoc and hybrid docs) are eligible.
  • Documentary film projects ranging from any stage of production between pre-production and rough-cut.
  • Complete applications requirements include a written synopsis, visual treatment, filmography of the producer and director, a financial plan and budget, as well as a written text on the current stage of production and description of challenges faced.
  • There are no restrictions regarding the percentage of financing in place.
  • Topics of film projects must be directly relevant to sociopolitics reality of the filmmaker’s country / world, regardless if current or not.
  • Regional and international collaborations are eligible and welcome provided that the authorship is mainly relevant to eligible countries. (Please visit the FAQ for further details.)


  • Projects in which DOX BOX employees and/or General Assembly members and/or this e-course mentors have a professional and/or financial stake are not eligible.
  • Propaganda films, commercial films, and films commissioned by corporate, political and religious institutions are not eligible.
  • DOX BOX reserves the right to solicit applications by invitation.
  • This e-course is designed to a maximum of 4 projects/teams at a time.
  • Teams are selected based on an application process ensuring eligibility. An independent Selection Committee will assess eligible applications and review based on the competence of the applicants and the merits of the projects.
  • DOX BOX will award a number of full scholarships (coverage of tuition fees, and coverage of the tour in Europe).
  • Scholarships are awarded upon assessment of complete attendance and participation and completion of assignments.
  • Number of scholarships are at the discretion of the association and according to the available financial means.

Only complete applications received before the deadline will be considered.
Application is possible in Arabic, Tamazight, Kurdish, English, French, and German.


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