Lisbon Docs—International Financing and Co-production Forum is one of the main workshop & pitching events for documentary in Portugal. In its 18th edition, it establishes itself as a reference for professionals looking for new tools and strategies to finance and co-produce their documentary projects.

The International Forum is organised by Apordoc—Portuguese Documentary Association and EDN-European Documentary Network, with the support of MEDIA Creative Europe Programme and ICA — Portuguese Audiovisual Institute/ Portuguese Government—State Secretariat for Culture.

The Lab

Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista
Rua das Gaivotas, 8 | 1200-202 LISBON
July, 8 and 9

What is The Lab?

Lisbon Docs—International Financing and Co-production Forum for Documentary presents the 3rd edition of its development lab. THE LAB is an intensive training event open to all those aiming to develop their documentary film projects.

Who are the tutors?

The lab will be tutored by the producer ISABEL MACHADO, of C.R.I.M. and ANTJE BOEHMERT, of DOCDAYS Productions.

How can I enroll?

Registration will be open until July, 2, and limited to 20 participants.

Participants must send the following materials in english to

a presentation document of your documentary film outline;

any research work that has been developed around this project (it may include a summary of the research made, or documents such as photographs, sound or film clips…);

budget and state of development;

short biography / filmography of the candidate(s);

participation goals on THE LAB.

The participation fee is 40€ or 25€ (students and Apordoc associates).


August, 1 2017

The deadline for submissions to the 18th Lisbon Docs - International Financing and Co-Production Forum was extended until the 10th of August for projects by Portuguese production companies. Submissions for international projects closed on the 30th of July.

July, 1 2017
Tutors and financiers announced

The list of eight tutors for the next edition of the forum is now closed, together with the first nine panelists. Lisbon will host experts of the international film circuit coming from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece,  Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA.


I have a documentary project.
How can I apply?

Applications for Lisbon Docs 2017 are open until July, 30.

To present a project, candidates must send to

Download our Lisbon Docs application form and complete all required fields.;

a two-page presentation (including synopsis, state of development, budget and contact information);

visual materials of the film (stills, trailer or film clips).

Participation fee is €350 per project and €250 for each additional participant. Apordoc associates benefit from a 20% discount. EDN members receive a discount of 100 Euro on the participation fee for the first person connected to a project and 50 Euro for the second and third person of the project team (if attending with more than one person).

I don’t have a documentary project, but I would like to participate on the Forum. Can I apply?

Every year Lisbon Docs reserves a number of seats for those interested in attending the workshop without a film project.

To apply for an observer seat, candidates must send to

a professional and/or academic resume;

a motivation letter.

Participating fee is €250 per person. Apordoc associates benefit from a 20% discount. EDN members receive a discount of 100 Euro on the participation fee for the first person connected to a project and 50 Euro for the second and third person of the project team (if attending with more than one person).


Workshop Sessions
October, 16 to 18

The first three days of Lisbon Docs 2017 are dedicated to workshop sessions with tutors, who will work with the participants, developing individual strategies to present the film project to potential financiers and co-producers. The tools developed during the workshop will help participants to access the international film market.

The 2016 edition of Lisbon Docs welcomes the following tutors

Edda Baumann von Broen
Producer | Germany

Tracie Holder
Producer & Director | USA | Specialist in USA Funding

John Appel
Commissioning Editor & Director | The Netherlands

Thomas Ernst
Editor | Germany

Marta Andreu
Director | Spain

Graça Castanheira
Director | Portugal

Peter Jäger
Jaeger Creative - Distribution, Financing & Marketing Consulting | Austria

Christian Popp
Producer Yuzu Productions | France

Pitching Sessions
Culturgest Small Auditorium
October, 20 and 21

After three days of workshop the participants present their documentary film projects to potential financiers and co-producers. The panel of experts features professionals coming from well known companies and institutions. After each pitching session, participants have the opportunity to meet individually with the panel experts to discuss potential collaborations.

Pitching sessions are open to the general public and entrance is free limited to the number of available seats. Tickets must be collected before each session, when entering the auditorium.

The 2017 edition of Lisbon Docs welcomes the following confirmed experts for the pitching panel – Further decision makers will be added here upon confirmation

Depi Vrettou
ERT S.A. (Broadcaster) | Greece

Floor Komen
IKON (Broadcaster) | Netherlands

Robert Salvestrin
Lucky You (Distributor) | France

Mads B. Mikkelsen
CPH:DOX (Festival) | Denmark

Nick Fraser/Lawrence Elman
Yaddo (SVOD service) | UK

Anna Ferens
TVP (Broadcaster) | Poland

Katja Wildermuth
NDR (Broadcaster) | Germany

Axel Arnö
SVT (Broadcaster) | Sweden

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Contacts & Team

Portuguese Documentary Association

Casa do Cinema

Rua da Rosa, 277, 2º andar

1200-385, Lisboa

T/ + 351 218 883 093



European Documentary Network

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DK 1120 Copenhagen K


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