What is Interaction Teen Doc?

Interaction Teen Doc is a seven-day educational programme designed for motivated high school students, eager to acquire additional knowledge on creative documentary filmmaking, to expand their creative skills, as well as to engage with the young talents from the Western Balkan region. The workshop is open for teens originating from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia.

When & Where?

From the 16th to the 23rd of August in the city of Čačak, Serbia.
The workshop is preceded by 5 online meetings, held from May to July 2023.

Who can apply?

The workshop is meant for teenagers (ages 14-19) from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia.

Why should I apply?

The workshop is not only a unique opportunity for the teens of the Western Balkan region to widen up their creative skills and to provide a possibility of meeting other young talents, but it is also a rare chance to explore the new forms of creativity and expression through documentary film. 

By gathering teens from the Western Balkans region, the workshop aims to improve the cooperation of young people from the area, while offering a unique chance to encourage the enhancement of critical thinking among the young talents, as well as their mobility and intercultural dialogue.

The attendance in the workshop is free of charge.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate of participation. The workshop will be held in BHS language (Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian) and the group will have a limited number of 15 participants.

Interaction Teen Doc Workshop is organized along with Interaction: short docs film festival, Interaction Camp, that gathers students of international film academies, Interaction Doc Workshop, designed for film professionals and IVA.lab programme, intended for visual artists.

We invite you to apply so as to meet an eminent number of young international filmmakers with whom you will get a chance to broaden the knowledge on documentary filmmaking while collaborating on the creation of short documentaries, with mentorship from acclaimed film professionals. Additionally, the participants will be part of the Youth Jury of the Interaction film festival.

Workshop programme

Part I (online)

May – July 2023

The summer workshop is preceded by 5 online meetings, organized during the period May – July 2023 so as to give a chance to selected participants to get to know each other through introductory presentations.

Part II (in-person)

16 – 23 August 2023, Čačak (Serbia)

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to meet a broad spectrum of highly esteemed regional documentarians and media workers willing to share their knowledge of the industry – including film directing, media literacy and the perception of documentary film as a tool for social change. Working in small teams, participants will create 4 mini-documentaries (up to 3 min long) under the mentorship of documentary professionals.

In addition, all participants of the Teen Doc workshop will take part in the Youth Jury of the Interaction festival that is happening along with the workshop. After watching the 15 internationally distinguished short documentaries of the Interaction competition programme, attendees of the Teen Doc workshop will have the opportunity to choose a film to be awarded the Youth Jury Award for the best film.


Before filling out the application form, read more about the Submission Rules & Regulations.

To apply for the workshop, you need to fill out the application form.

Application deadline: 10 April 2023.

Selection process

After the application deadline, the selection committee, composed of representatives of partner organizations, will consider applications, choose candidates and announce the list of participants who will be further informed by the end of April via email.

Interaction Teen Doc Workshop 2023 – Towards a Better Region has been funded by the Western Balkans Fund and European Union, under the Call for Regional Project Proposals, “Support to the Promotion of Civil Society regional activities in the Western Balkans” and is realized by the Independent Film Centre Filmart with following partners – Underhill Fest Podgorica (Montenegro), Prvi Kadar East Sarajevo film festival (BiH), Winter Apricots film festival Prilep (North Macedonia), Kinoklub Karlovac (Croatia), Klara and Rosa Subotica and Belgrade (Serbia).