A promotional and educational project which brings together talented European documentary film producers

EMERGING PRODUCERS is an industry flagship project of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and the only one of its kind designed for documentary film producers in Europe.

Every year we select 18 talented producers (17 European and one representing a guest country), which we provide with educational, networking and promotional support.

Since 2017, following the success of the previous five editions, the programme was extended with an additional four-day meeting in Berlin and producers’ presentation during Berlinale.

While the main part of the project takes place at Ji.hlava IDFF annually at the end of October, and now also in Berlin in February, other activities and the promotion of Emerging Producers take place at major film events throughout the year.

As of today and after six successful editions, 112 film professionals are proud alumni of the project, many of whom have already become established in the film world and receive prizes at major film festivals around the world.

The main objective of the programme is to interconnect talented European producers with other film professionals, especially those working in documentary cinematography. The project should also provide the participants with an easy access to information in the field of audiovision, deeper and wider orientation in the film market but also help them to establish contacts with producers from other countries, and thus increase the potential of future European coproduction projects.



  • Public discussion with Emerging Producers 2018 / Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin / February 15, 16.00-18.30 /  
  • Cocktail in honour of the Emerging Producers 2018 / Czech Centre Berlin / February 16, 21.00 (by invitations only) / 


Application to EMERGING PRODUCERS 2019
7th edition

October 25 – 29, 2018 / Ji.hlava IDFF
February 4 – 8, 2019 / Berlin

WORKING LANGUAGE / English without interpreting

PARTICIPATION FEE / 1.200 EUR for selected participants
(in collaboration with the respective national film funds and institutes)
includes accommodation, coffee breaks and lunches during both project sessions (Jihlava, Berlin)


CONTACT / Jarmila Outratová / Head of Industry Office / jarmila@ji-hlava.cz


If you do not have an account in our database yet, please, fill in basic identification information at our Visitor Page and select a password. Your registration at our Visitor Page will make further communication with Ji.hlava IDFF easier and you will be able to use your account in the following years as well. After the registration, you will be able to access the Emerging Producers form.



  • Producer with a several years’ practice on the local market (i.e. not a student or recent graduate) with a capacity for future professional growth and with ambitions to be active on the European market
  • At least one realized film (fiction or documentary, mid-length or feature) which has entered theatrical distribution, has been screened at festivals
  • Previous participations at other workshops is considered an advantage
  • The programme is not project-oriented, i.e. the applicants do not apply with their concrete film, but as individuals seeking professional growth
  • Eligible countries: EU Member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden), Switzerland, Island, UK, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, countries of Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia) and Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) and Russia.
  • Guest Country of Emerging Producers 2019: Chile
  • Each year, eighteen Emerging Producers are selected. Selected participants will be announced in July 2018.




The programme is divided into three main parts:

Promotion | Various levels of presentation of EP (Evening Show presentation, Meeting with established European producers, Lunch with festival directors etc.) at key European film events.

Networking | Making quick and easy contact with the VIPs of the documentary film industry community (One-to-One meetings, practical attendance at other industry events etc.)

Navigation | Getting oriented in European film industry and institutions (via master classes, case studies and lectures)


The programme includes personal presentations of the producers as well as an official presentation to film professionals and press at the Ji.hlava IDFF. The Emerging Producers project is accompanied by a specially tailored catalogue. By using a unique design it combines personal profiles and professional backgrounds of each of the producers.

The Emerging Producers are being presented at major film events throughout the year. A reception is traditionally organised in their honour during Berlinale and we promote them as the producers worth watching in respective year also through other means, such as citylights or catalogues.


A fundamental part of the Emerging Producers programme consists of various informal meetings where people get to know each other and gain easy access to contacts for future international collaborations. However, we are particular about the fact that even these informal meetings have a specific format with a reasonable purpose to fulfil the networking aim.

Individual meetings with other film professionals are planned to meet the needs of each participant of the workshop. The aim is to help the producers meet the key persons in the field of audio-vision present at the Ji.hlava Industry Programme and at the Berlin part of the programme.


In today’s times of rapid technological development and an expanding film market, it is often very hard for a starting producer to get oriented on the film market and understand how the whole mechanism works. It may take several years for a talented producer to learn to co-operate, finance and produce his or her films.

The Ji.hlava Industry Programme is conceived so as to represent a real entrance gate to the film industry with a focus on creative documentary film and its forms that overlap with fiction film and visual arts. It also focuses on the field of distribution and film sales with the aim of helping the producers to reach the desired results.

Among the experienced tutors that guided our Emerging Producers in the past were Paolo Benzi, Irena Taskovski, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Heino Deckert, Luciano Barisone, Peter Jäger, Sibyl Kurz, Rebecca O'Brien, Ada Solomon, and others.