Upcoming deadlines

Calls for application for: 4th Sino-International Company Meetings; DOK Leipzig; Ex Oriente Film Workshop; East Silver Market; BIO TO B; ACM Distribution.

East Silver Market

Submission deadline for films produced in 2018: March 31, 2019
Submission deadline for films produced in 2019: May 31, 2019
Submission deadline for projects in rough cut stage: July 31, 2019
Focus: Completed films

Open to: Creative documentaries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe, tackling contemporary topics, challenging genre and media boundaries and audience participation. We welcome films that set out to conduct intense and engaged experiences and to change the way we think about topical issues, audiences, ways of storytelling and the world itself. This call is open for completed documentaries produced/co-produced in the region of Central and Eastern Europe after September 1, 2018. Only films that have not been previously submitted for East Silver market are eligible.
How: Submit your documentary via our online ENTRY FORM
We accept online screeners (Vimeo, YouTube etc.), which must be available till Sep 30, 2018. In case you didn’t included online link to your film in the submission form, please send 2 DVD screeners with English subtitles / English voiceover, with trailer and any additional press and promo materials (if available) to:  Institute of Documentary Film / East Silver, Stepanska 14, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic

For more information please contact:
Zdenek Blaha / Manager:
Walter Nagy / East Silver Caravan:

4th Sino-International Company Meetings

Deadline: April 5, 2019

Are you interested in Sino-International collaboration but not sure about the right approach? Would you like to expand your professional network of Chinese film professionals? Do you find it challenging to look for a reliable partner? More and more Chinese filmmakers have turned their attention to the global market and at the same time more and more international ones are eager to explore the blooming Chinese market. As the opportunities for Sino-international collaboration continue to grow, one of the biggest challenges is still the built of trust and personal connections among producers.
For this reason, Bridging the Dragon together with the Marche du Film will host for the fourth consecutive year a Sino-International Company Meetings event. The aim is to match-make a number of selected international companies to Chinese counterparts according to their mutual focuses and goals.
The event will take place in the afternoon on Sunday, 19 May 2019 in Cannes.
The event is aimed at both international (non-Chinese) and Chinese producers with a proven interest in Sino-international collaboration. It would be an advantage to have a related project attached but it is not a must.

International producers please fill in the e-form at

Chinese producers please fill in the e-form at

Selection result will be announced by late-April 2019.

ACM Distribution

Deadline for applications: April 5, 2019

Founded in 2015 in order to support and promote the distribution and circulation of international co-productions, the ACM Distribution funding component, managed by the CNC with support from the MEDIA programme – Creative Europe, has just launched its seventh call for applications. It’s worth noting that it is now open to all co-productions between a MEDIA country and a non-MEDIA country, and the financial contribution of the MEDIA co-producer must be somewhere between 20% and 70%, for features of all genres.
To be eligible for ACM Distribution, the film or batch of features (up to a maximum of four) must have at least one co-producer based in a MEDIA member country and another in a territory outside of MEDIA or Eurimages.
Companies wishing to apply (encompassing producers, sales agents and content aggregators based in a MEDIA country and owned either directly by majority involvement or by nationals of these countries) must present a strategy for distribution in at least three countries (at least one of which must be in the MEDIA area, excluding France, and another in a country that is not a member of the MEDIA zone), and suggest one or more exhibition methods (theatres, festivals, TV, VoD and so on) for each movie. It should be stressed that innovative approaches are particularly encouraged (such as simultaneous VoD release and festival distribution, multiple circulation across several territories, straight to VoD, online festivals and so on) and that a coordinated distribution and circulation strategy is required for these films.
A detailed description of ACM Distribution and the application form itself can be found on the CNC’s website – please click here.

Ex Oriente Film Workshop

Deadline for Submissions: April 19, 2019

Ex Oriente Film is an international training programme for documentary professionals supporting the development and funding of creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. The core of the Ex Oriente Film workshop is based on three week-long residential workshops held over 9 months. Each year we select up to 12 projects that receive assistance from a wide range of film experts, with each workshop focusing on a different segment of development. Our participants are given a tailored guidance in developing the subject, narrative and the visual style of their projects, making drafts of a financing and distribution strategy, and finding international partners.
The course culminates in the pitching sessions of projects at the East Doc Forum co-production meeting, featuring the final pitching in front of Europe's and North America's leading commissioning editors and independent producers, distributors, buyers and film fund representatives.
The three residential Ex Oriente Film workshops and the East Doc Forum pitching are supplemented by the Follow-Up Programme - a yearlong chain of follow-up support and additional activities for projects that have completed, or are currently completing, the Ex Oriente Film workshop.

For more information contact: Sofia Tocar - Ex Oriente Film Coordinator 


Deadline for submissions April 22, 2019

Find your international partner and sales agent at the 6th edition13th - 15th June 2019 in Bologna – Italy at Biografilm Festival International Celebration of Lives.
Bio To B seeks projects which are either documentary or biopic feature films (intended for theatrical release), European productions or co-productions which are in the final stage, either in production or rough cut. Cinematographic qualities, and the honesty of the filmmaker’s approach to their subjects are highly valued. Creative documentaries and amateur films are especially welcome. The final format of the film must be of a minimum duration of 50 minutes.
A prestigious panel of international sales agents and commissioning editors will evaluate 18 selected projects and assign three grants, with the possibility to win in more than one category: Best European Project, Best Italian Project, Best Project from Emilia-Romagna.
For more info feel free to get in touch with:

DOK Leipzig

Entry Deadlines:  
For films: 5 May 2019
For films and interactive works: 7 July 2019 
For DOK Co-Pro Market Projects 1 August 2019

The 62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film takes place from 28 October to 3 November 2019.
From now on artistic Documentaries, Animated Films and Animated Documentaries of all lengths as well as Interactive Works can be submitted to DOK Leipzig 2019.
"We are looking forward to productions that present unusual perspectives. Films rethinking traditional concepts or inventing new ones. Above all, we are looking for films revealing how documentary and animated film absorbs and expresses the present."
Ralph Eue, Programmer DOK Leipzig
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