Africa Residency Programme 2019


Application period: 1st October – 18th November 2018

You are 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.

Residency Programme 2019 (7th January to 28th February 2019 / 1st April to 30th May)

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. Thanks to our funding partners we can offer two scholarships including travel costs to and from Munich, a mentoring and training programme, monthly allowances and accommodation in the International Artist Residence Villa Waldberta of the City of Munich. 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.

The training programme 2019

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

During the first training block, the scholarship holders will further develop their materials in close connection with the curriculum of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). The programme includes workshops and mentoring in the following areas:

  • Story and treatment development
  • Budgeting and financing
  • 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). This period includes the following steps:

  • Pitch training
  • 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. The objective is to facilitate new co-productions through targeted matchmaking. The residents will get full accreditation for the 34th DOK.fest München from 8th to 19th May 2019. The month of March is planned for further research and filming in the respective home country.

Participation conditions

We invite 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
  • are fluent in the English language, in both its written and spoken form

Selection process

The selection jury consists of DOK.fest München and HFF München representatives. All applicants will be informed until the beginning of December 2018.

Apply here!