Interaction Doc Workshop Programme 2023

16 – 23 August 2023, Čačak (Serbia)


For all Doc Workshop participants:

From 17 to 22 August 2023, Workshop participants will discover different aspects of creative documentary film with this year’s experts. The lecturers of this year’s Interaction Workshop are Rada Šešić, programmer of numerous festivals (IDFA, Sarajevo Film Festival, etc.), lecturer and award-winning author of documentaries, Inka Achté, documentary director, distributor, consultant and the Head of Programming at DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival and Vladimir Perović, a distinguished documentary filmmaker whose films have been screened and awarded at the most important festivals in the world. Also, other guest experts will share their experiences with this year’s Workshop participants.


I have an idea! NOW WHAT?

During the workshop, participants will work with Rada Šešić, film director, lecturer in the field of film and curator who works on the reflection of projects at the international level, in Europe and Asia (IDFA, IFF Rotterdam, Sarajevo Film Festival, Kerala Film Festival, Doc Edge Kolkata). Through this unique research of creative documentary film, participants will process different film styles, as well as get to know the specifics of different festivals and markets and find answers to the following questions:


– WHAT do I want to say?

– HOW do I say that?

– Do HOW and WHAT correspond to each other?

– When I make a great, compelling film, how can I be noticed on an international level?



How to make a film fly

Films are a bit like kites. Sometimes they fly out to the world almost with no effort, and sometimes you have to help them along: run a little, or find a place with a more suitable weather.
At this lecture we will discuss some ideas and tips on how to make your film fly further and how to troubleshoot if it looks like it won’t fly.


Vladimir Perović

Questioning the „Sacred Cows“ of Western Documentary Praxis

– Information, arguments and obviosity in a documentary. Any room for explanations!?

– Facts – the goal or the means? Documentaries and documents.

– Making Documentaries: Interpreting, Expressing and Denouncing Reality;

– Abandon the word, embrace the image!

Being documentarians, we are neither servants of reality nor impersonal carriers of images of reality to the screen. To us, the pictures are just the material. The documentary never means a mere reality, but always: to say, to express something apropos reality. To dig beneath the surface of the visible and palpable, in pursuit of another (higher) meaning. Making documentaries is not simply observing, but rather interpreting, expressing and denouncing reality, by revealing what it tries to conceal and others do not notice.


Wouter Jansen

Festival strategy for documentaries

With plenty of film festivals out there and new ones popping up every day, it is easy to get lost trying to find the ones that suit your film (and you) best.

When and where to start whilst working on your film, what festivals to screen at in the beginning and what choices should you make after having your premiere? How do these choices impact your film’s career and how can you get the most out of your festival run? What are the possibilities for spreading and screening your film online? In this talk we will explain the best way to get your film out into the world.


doc in progress

Only for 5 Workshop participants whose projects are selected for development:

Five participants, whose projects will be selected for Doc in Progress, taking place from 18 to 22 August 2023, will have the opportunity to develop their projects through individual and group consultations with tutors.

Doc in Progress programme includes:

– individual consultations with:

  • two main tutors (Rada Šešić, Vladimir Perović) in duration 40 minutes per project
  • other-tutors (Inka Achté, Wouter Jansen, and Nebojša Slijepčević) in duration 30 minutes per project

    – group consultations with two main tutors (Rada Šešić, Vladimir Perović) in duration 180 minutes (each tutor 90 minutes). 

    Candidates can apply for projects, regardless of the length (short or feature-length documentary) or the stage in which the project is at present (in development, production or the rough cut stage).

Meet2Talk – the accompanying programme focused on bringing the industry together, is one of the platforms that creates the possibility for the participants to broaden their horizons in discussing key issues regarding the short creative documentaries.

Interaction Festival – the International festival, established in 2022, is dedicated to short creative documentaries up to 30 minutes long that push boundaries in documentary creation, with their uniqueness and cinematic innovation.

Workshop and Camp applicants may submit their short creative documentary film for participation in Interscreen Programme of the Interaction Festival.


If you are interested to apply to participate at the Doc Workshop, please read carefully the Submission Guidelines.

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2023

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at