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 four successful editions, 89 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.

EMERGING PRODUCERS 2018 / 6th edition

  • October 24 – 28, 2017 / Ji.hlava IDFF
  • February 13 - 16, 2018 / Berlin




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 a personal presentation of the producers as well as an official presentation to film professionals and press. 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, they are being presented at the Karlovy Vary IFF, 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 EP programme consists in various forms of informal meetings where people get to know each other and gain easy access to contacts for future international co-operations unlike in official negotiations and e-mail correspondence. However, we are particular about the fact that even the informal meetings have a specific form with a reasonable purpose to fulfil the networking aim.

The individual meetings are planned for carefully selected specific circles of professionals. The aim is to help the producers meet all the important persons in the field of audio-vision present at the Ji.hlava Industry Programme in the course of the project.


In today’s times of rapid technological development and an expanding film market, it is often very hard for a beginning 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 meet the right group of people where he or she can start co-operating, financing and producing 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 overlapping with fiction film and various reality TV formats. It also focuses on the essential branches in the field of distribution and film sales with the aim of making the producers’ way to the desired results easier.

The individual parts of the EP programme create an information cluster to help a beginning European producer get oriented on the market.

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




You can find the list and profiles of all Emerging Producers 2017 HERE


Partners of Emerging Producers 2018

APA (Audiovisual Producers‘ Association), BFI NETWORK / Ffilm Cymru Wales, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, CCM (Centre Cinématographique Marocain), Civic Belarus, Estonian Film Institute, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA in Czech Republic, Goethe Institut Minsk, Hrvatski audiovizualni centar, Netherlands Film Fund, Swedish Film Institute