State of the Art

In each edition one industry topic will be debated and analysed together with experts. In 2019, in collaboration with Creative Europe Desks, the topic will be the distribution of films in educational settings. An afternoon with speakers, discussions and group work, intending to contribute to a wider discussion about the European film market in educational settings.

Go to school: How can docs reach the educational market?

A conference and a debate on good practices as far as the educational market distribution is concerned, focussing on documentary film. The session comprises some of the best examples when approaching the school market in Europe, joined by excerpts from one “case study” film and a presentation of the Education Project model at Apordoc – Associação Pelo Documentário. Presented by the Creative Europe Desks MEDIA from Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Croatia, it brings together Portuguese and international guests openly sharing experiences and knowledge.

Excerpts from the film
Srbenka, by Nebojša Slijepčević | 2018 | Croatia | 72’

19 OCT / from 15.00 to 18.00, Culturgest – Forum Debates

The session will be held in English, with no translation
Open to the public within the availability of seats


Ana Eliseu, trainer at CineEd
Os Filhos de Lumiére (Portugal) Cultural association devoted to raising awareness of film as a means of artistic expression. Created in 2000 by a group of filmmakers and film lovers in the scope of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, it designs, sets up and mentors activities aimed at leading children and teenagers involved to enjoy, understand and criticise works that are the result of cinematic art.

Gudrun Sommer, Director of the Duisburger Filmwoche and doxs! film festivals
Duisburger Filmwoche (Germany) A well-established festival for documentaries produced in Austria, Germany, or Switzerland. In 2002 doxs!, documentaries for children and youth, a section for young audiences was inaugurated. Meanwhile doxs! is running an international festival with film entries from across Europe, which takes place in seven cities in the Ruhr area and an educative programme for schools throughout the year.

Martin Schantz Faurholt, Editor film education
Filmcentralen (Denmark) Filmcentralen is the Danish Film Institute’s streaming site with online distribution of short fiction and documentary films. Fimcentralen / Education promotes the use of short and documentary film in both elementary school and high school and has more than 550 teaching materials online.

Oliver Sertić, Label Producer, Editor
Restart (Croatia) An organisation focused on production, education, distribution and exhibition of creative documentary films. Its films were screened at film festivals such as Toronto (Canada), Locarno (Switzerland), Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), Rotterdam (Netherlands), FIDMarseille (France), DOK Leipzig (Germany) and Visions du Réel (Switzerland), among others. Restart runs several film projects, including an educational program in documentary film.

Tone Grøttjord, Producer and CEO
Sant & Usant (Norway) Documentary film production company based in Oslo, Norway. Sant & Usant has developed a new method for e-learning where the use of creative documentary is at the very core: Educational Storytelling. Aiming to reach new markets for creative documentaries within the educational system, Educational Storytelling is tailored towards the educators (teachers) and university students.


Susana Costa Pereira
(head of the Creative Europe Desk MEDIA Portugal)

Cíntia Gil
(director of Doclisboa)