How to produce documentaries

For the past two months, in their Producing the Doc series of articles, Darya Bassel and Alina Horlova have been sharing their own producing experiences and knowledge which they gained at the international documentary producers workshop EURODOC. This Wednesday, the last, ninth text will be published, and already next week, we invite everyone to join our online event with the authors. 

The online meeting will take place on 28 October at 7 p.m. on docuspace.org. It is important for us to build the conversation as a dialogue, so that everyone can have a chance to ask questions and discuss the aspects of producing which you are interested in. 

The Producing the Doc series includes 9 texts in which Darya and Alina consider the key issues of production and promotion of a documentary in detail, from developing the idea to distributing the finished film. The journey is concluded with a big online meeting where the articles’ authors will try to briefly sum up all the questions and present the “producer’s map,” which you will be able to use while working on projects. Special attention will be paid to issues related to international co-production.

In addition, Darya and Alina will speak in more detail about the EURODOC workshop, whose latest session they attended offline in France. Why should you apply for it, at what stage of your career it’s best to do it, and how can this workshop be useful to you in general?

Participation in the event is free of charge upon preregistration. Those who cannot join on Zoom will be able to watch streams on YouTube and the Docudays UA Facebook page. The event will be held in Ukrainian.

 

Darya Bassel

producer, head of the DOCU/PRO industry platform

She studied German Language and Literature in Odesa, moved to Kyiv after graduation and worked in the production of TV shows and ads as a line producer. In 2011, she joined the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival team in Kyiv, where she still works as a programmer and the head of the DOCU/PRO industry platform. In parallel to her festival work, she also produces films. My Father Is My Mother’s Brother, directed by Vadym Ilkov (the most innovative film at the international Visions du Réel competition, 2018), became the first film on which Bassel worked as an associated producer and festival agent. In 2019, together with Viktoria Khomenko, she founded the production company Moon Man. The company focuses on creative documentary and feature films with a strong auteur approach. At the moment, Moon Man is working on fiction and documentary projects at various stages of production, created in co-production with partners from the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.

Alina Gorlova

director, producer

She is a documentary and feature film director and editor. Born and lives in Ukraine. She got her BA from the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film and TV. She directs documentaries and feature films, social ads, music videos. In 2016, Alina presented her first feature-length documentary Kholodny Yar. Intro at the Odesa IFF (Ukraine) and Artdocfest (Moscow, Russia). Her latest 2017 film about a female Ukrainian military officer’s PTSD, No Obvious Signs, won four awards at the Docudays UA festival and an award for the best Eastern European documentary at DOK Leipzig. It was nominated for the Ukrainian film prize Golden Dzyga as the best documentary. This Rain Will Never End was funded by the State Film Agency of Ukraine, IDFA Bertha Fund, Doha Film Institute and the Latvian Film Center. 

 

The event is supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

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