Development Workshop

Addressed to all directors and producers with a documentary project in development.

The participants will work on the projects individually with the tutor to pick up the weaknesses and strengths of each project to be able to develop a good documentary film. The consultancy will be done in group so that everyone can enrich from the other projects in addition to mature his own project.

The aim is to provide the methodology and the right tools to be successful in the production and development of international documentaries. You will work on the plot, the storyline and the characters, among other aspects of the script.

This is the third edition of the workshop at DocsBarcelona, at the last two editions the workshop was booked out. This workshop has been given at several festivals and professional meetings: Encuentros de Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias, Colombia), DocMontevideo (Uruguai), DocsBarcelona + Medellín (Colombia), Surdocs (Chile), among others.

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Thursday May 26th, Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at CCCB.

ATTENTION: Submissions open until March 18th  or until places are booked out. You can submit 2 people per project, the fee is per person. The projects will go through a selection process. The workshop will be given in Spanish.


Joan GonzalezJoan Gonzàlez

Director of DocsBarcelona Festival. Executive producer, filmmaker and editor.

He has produced more than 150 documentary films, some of them have been awarded at the Berlinale, selected at Festivals like INPUT or Sundance. Joan Gonzàlez was given the European EDN Award in 2013 for his contribution to the development of the documentary culture in the South of Europe.

Allá en Ochonombres

Director: Adriana Bernal

Producer: Erika Liseth Ciendua Moreno




Director: María Victoria Pena

Producer: Eugenia Olascuaga

Costa Docs



El 9

Director: Ángeles Martínez Gómez

Producer: Enric Martorell Sabater



Flamenco on Fire

Director: Joaquín Calderón

Producer: Dimas Lasterra

Arquetipo Comunicación, Navarra de Cine



La Casita

Director & Co-producer: Alicia Calderón Torres

Retratos de una búsqueda



Las Cuerdas

Director & Producer: Patricia Ruiz Acero



Operación Globus

Director: Ariadna Seuba Serra

Producer: Guillermo F. Florez



Screaming Lord Sutch

Director: Guillermo A. Chaia




Tierra de niños

Director & Producer: Carolina Campo Lupo

Co-writer: Marcos Campo Lupo



Vivir así

Director: Yira Plaza O’Byrne



Xoot’ Kuxtal

Director: Ximena Alvarez Maschio

Producer: Odín Acosta

Palermo Production, Phonocular

United Kingdom, Mexico


The cost to participate at the Development Workshop is (PER PARTICIPANT):

FEE (21% VAT excluded) FEE (21% VAT**)
135€ 163,35€
*The fee is per participant.
** Non Spanish European companies or professionals with an intra-community VAT number registered at VIES (Vat Information Exchange System) are not subject to pay 21% VAT.

The fee includes:

  • The working sessions with the tutor.
  • Coffee breaks from the 3 sessions.
  • Festival ticket season.
  • Access to Opening and Closing ceremonies (RSVP needed).
  • Access to Master Classes.
*Professional Accreditation not included.
ATTENTION: If you want to have access to the industry and networking activities, you will need to register to the Professional Accreditation.
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