Lithuanian filmmakers and open lectures at the ESoDoc session in Vilnius


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The third training session of ESoDoc (European Social Documentary) starts in Vilnius this week. Three more documentary filmmakers from Lithuania have been selected to participate in the session along with other professionals from all over the world. 22 ESoDoc participants will be joined by the producer Rasa Miškinytė with the project Exemplary Behaviour (directed by Audrius Mickevičius) as well as the filmmaker Gerda Paliušytė and producer Gabrielė Vaičiūnaitė who will take part without projects. They are not the only Lithuanians at the ESoDoc 2017 – at the beginning of this year the producer Živilė Gallego with her project in development Vital Selection and the director Virginija Vareikytė with the documentary Kupiškis Project were selected for all three training sessions.

The third session of the ESoDoc 2017, which is to be held in Lithuania for the first time, will take place on October 15–21. A week-long training session is organised by ZeLIG School for Documentary in partnership with the Lithuanian Film Centre and in collaboration with the international human rights documentary film festival “Inconvenient Films”. It is supported by the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA Programme.

During the intense ESoDoc session in Vilnius, 25 filmmakers from Belgium, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia and the UK will be introduced to specific pitching techniques designed to provide the participants with the skills to properly prepare and polish their projects and trailers for various pitching forums which are regularly held around Europe. The session will also focus on the public presentation of around 20 projects to the pitching panel of international film and media industry experts.

Moreover, the ESoDoc 2017 session in Vilnius will offer a great number of open events which allow everyone interested in social documentary to take part in public pitches and several lectures delivered by the members of the pitching panel and other well-known industry professionals.

The ESoDoc 2017 open events will take place at the Holiday Inn Vilnius hotel (Seimyniskiu str. 1, Vilnius). Full program of Session 3 public events, lecture descriptions and short biographies of the lecturers can be found here.

ESoDoc – European Social Documentary is the training initiative for media professionals and “cross-thinkers” who want to increase impact and outreach of their documentary and crossmedia projects, developing new storytelling skills across platforms, discovering new forms of team building, producing, financing and distributing. ESoDoc offers three one-week residential sessions held over a period of six months, combined with extended online didactic sessions for project tutoring or on specific topics. Emphasis is placed on building up strong storytelling suitable for various platforms and formats.