The DocCelerator workshop has proven to be successful development format for documentary makers. For the next edition an extra workshop is scheduled due to a big demand from filmmakers to take part. Instead of the announced one workshop, now two DocCelerator workshops will take place.


What was originally scheduled to be the second edition of DocCelerator in early September has evolved into the second and third edition of the workshop, taking place on August 27-28 and September 1-2. Instead of selecting the planned six documentary project teams, there are now 11 teams selected for the two workshops.


The projects selected for this second and third DocCelerator editions spans 11 countries over three continents and represent a wide variety in filmic approaches and themes spanning personal investigations of love, passionate historical narratives and political conflicts. The selected projects are:


DocCelerator2, August 27-28, 2020

  • Never Waste a Good Crisis Director and Producer Sergio Ghizzardi, Domino Productions, Belgium
  • Hamlet: The cook of Cosmic Station Director Angela Frangyan. Producers: Anzhela Frangyan, Stephane Jourdain & Nare Ter-Gabrielyan, Dokino, Armenia and La Huit, France.
  • The Only Game in Town Director Marjolaine Grappe. Producers Mark Austin & Thierry Marro, USA and France.
  • Outside Riders Director Thiago Foresti. Producer Amanda Fernandes, Forest, Brazil.
  • Respect Directors Eveliina Pasanen & Milja-Liina Moilanen. Producer Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films, Finland.
  • Irena Director Giedre Zickyte. Producers Giedre Zickyte & Tina Leed, Moonmakers, Lithuania and Saxonia Entertainment, Germany.


DocCelerator3, September 1-2, 2020

  • The Afterlife of Karen Dalton Director Charlotta Hayes. Producers Ashley Smith & Mario Adamson, Sisyfos Film Production, Sweden.
  • All Inclusive Directors Thorsten Ernst and Tobias Lickes. Producer Maria Shilik, Kloos & Co, Germany.
  • The One You Love Director Mette-Ann Schepelern. Producer Lottie Terp Jacobsen, Magma Film, Denmark.
  • Play to Me, and I will Dance Director Nata Holava. Producer Nadzeya Husakouskaya, Belarus.
  • Memory of the Trees Director and Producer Maite Vitoria Daneris, Helecho Producciones, Spain.


DocCelerator is a documentary training initiative launched by Paradiddle Pictures, providing documentary makers detailed feedback on projects in development. This includes building stronger character development, defining solid narrative arcs and structuring dramatic development.


DocCelerator will save selected participants many hours of working and much money in production expenses. With a more focused narrative structure, it can save hours of recordings not fitting to the film and many days of expensive editing. The essence of DocCelerator is to invest in the development in order to save on the production. The workshop is run by Geoffrey Smith and Ove Rishøj Jensen.


Further details about DocCelerator are available at the Paradiddle Pictures web site her 

Photo from Never Waste a Good Crisis by Sergio Ghizzardi, Domino Productions, Belgium

Photo from The One You Love by Mette-Ann Schepelern, Magma Film, Denmark.



Get individual consultation or a tailor made mentorship process for your next documentary project.


Get the rigth content for your documentary initiative in terms of writing, programming and moderation.


Reach out if you are looking for a partner, producer, fundraiser or co-producer for your next documentary film or media production.