Photo from previous DocCelerator workshop.


Don't take our word for it! This is what previous participants have said about taking part in DocCelerator:

Highly recommend this workshop! It really helped us to clarify the film's direction and structure.

I loved DocCelerator and came out of it with an infinitely clearer idea of the film I have to make. 


Thank you so much for the past two days! This was such an amazing lab. Our project has benefited a lot and we have learned a lot.

The DocCelerator workshop series is run by Geoffrey Smith and Ove Rishøj Jensen

DocCeleratorWorkInProgress is an online documentary story editing and distribution program. It is aimed at you, if you are a documentary maker looking for input to your project in production or at rough cut stage. You will get input to define the structural narrative of your recorded material and create the right strategy for festival distribution and international sales.

The next opportunity to take place in DocCeleratorWorkInProgress is

Dates: March 29-30, 2023. Deadline: March 01.

Both days the workshop runs from 09:00 to 16:30 Central European Time (Paris, Berlin, Rome)


As a participant in DocCeleratorWorkInProgress you get:

  • detailed feedback on your recorded material or rough cut
  • input to building a stronger emotional development
  • methods for distribution and festival strategies
  • suggestions and contacts to potential international sales.


The two-day workshop consists of a number of plenary sessions and individual meetings where the selected participants get comprehensive feedback on their recorded material or rough cuts, input to potential re-edits of the film and suggestions for international distribution and sales. After the workshop the participants will get individual follow up on their projects as they progress with the editing and distribution planning.


During the two working days of DocCeleratorWorkInProgress, you will as a participant join a number of online plenary sessions. Here you will have input about narrative structures and receive detailed feedback on your project. In addition, you will also work with concrete re-editing possibilities and building of a distribution plan for your film. When the two-day workshop is completed, you will have gained a stronger structural approach to your recorded material and a method for distribution, which you can also apply to future projects you will work on.


Besides generating creative input, DocCeleratorWorkInProgress saves selected participants many hours of working and much money in editing expenses. This is achieved because a more focused narrative analyses and concrete editing suggestions, which saves many expensive days in the editing room.


DocCeleratorWorkInProgress is for six selected filmmakers or teams with a project currently in production or editing. It consists of a two-day online workshop and an individual follow up mentorship. The DocCeleratorWorkInProgress workshop is run by Geoffrey Smith and Ove Rishøj Jensen.


In order to apply for DocCeleratorWorkInProgress, please send your project presentation including:

  • Synopsis – half a page & treatment with reflections on the narrative – around a full page
  • A link to rough cut/selected scenes or other visual material available
  • An estimated time frame and total budget sum for the conpletion of the film
  • Contact details on the director and producer.


In order to submit your project, please write DocCeleratorWorkInProgress and your project title in the subject line and email your application to


If you need further information or have questions before applying, please contact

Participants, either as a single person or as at two person team, pay Euro 600,00 to participate with a project. The participation fee includes the two workshop days as well as follow up feedback on the project development. The price is per team, not per participant, and we allow up to three participants per project; for example, director, producer, and editor.

For the Spring 2023 DocCelerator workshops we are offering a 10% discount to the members of the following organisations:

DAE - Documentary Association of Europe, Flanders Doc, DokSerbia,Doc/It, DocMa, The Finnish Documentary Guild, The Greek Documentary Association.



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