Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking


Cost: 195€ (175€ for students, low-income, and over-65).
Max number of participants: 5.
Level: No previous experience is required.
Requirements: No professional camera is required (mobile phones are welcome).
Coming with an idea for your documentary movie is recommended.
Payment methods: PayPal
Other payment methods are possible under request.
Language: Conducted in English.
Sat. Date 13.04.2024  – 11:00 – 16:00
Sat. Date 20.04.2024 – 11:00 – 16:00
Space Meduza, Skalitzer Strasse 80, 10997 Berlin, Germany


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Are you passionate about documentaries? Would you like to create your own? Do you have a story to tell but don’t know how? This workshop is designed for you to make a contemporary, cinematic, engaging documentary from start to finish!

You should come to the workshop with a potential idea for a documentary that could be achieved within one week, but if you have trouble with this, don’t worry; we will find out how to get there together.

The participation is in person or online (the people online will be able to interact with the group and participate in the discussions; materials will be provided before the class to avoid internet connectivity issues).

The course is conducted in English, and no previous experience is required.


Day 1
Saturday, Date 13.04.2024 – 11:00 – 16:00
  • Documentary story structure: Brief discussion about your ideas.
  • Feedback and help to shape your story throughout the entire workshop.
  • Analyzing the primary documentary styles and storytelling: we will watch examples of different documentary styles to understand how the same reality can be represented differently.
  • Camerawork/Recording sounds: Brief info about pre-production, production, and post-production.
  • Basics of shooting (shot sizes and composition).
  • Theory and practice of recording the best sound possible in every condition.
  • Importance of usable footage and b-roll.
  • Interviewing: Secrets and tips about interview techniques.
  • Practical exercises, personalized remarks and reflections about everything learned during day one.
Day 2
Saturday, Date 20.04.2024 – 11:00 – 16:00
  • Introduction to editing: Learn basic editing techniques (settings and essential tools, cutting, transitions, sound, texts & titles, exporting).
  • Use of music and sound effects. Editing your film.
  • Screening of your films: Continue learning by discussing the difficulties and celebrating the achievements of the filmmaking process.

About your mentor
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the workshop, feel free to email



About the Workshop Leader

Linda Paganelli is a visual anthropologist, artist, and film director based in Berlin
She specialized in Visual Anthropology following a Master’s Degree at Goldsmiths University, and since then, she has worked in (post)conflict zones like Afghanistan, Middles East, Western Balkans, and on sensitive issues in Europe, combining visual art, filmmaking, and anthropology. She has extended experience producing short and long documentaries for universities, TV, production companies, magazines online, NGO campaigns, art galleries, and newspapers online. She works mainly with documentaries, participatory visual art, site-specific art, and mixed media. Her topics interwoven different topics of which, belonging, death, eco-grief, and gender. Her approach is inclusive and has its foundations in an anthropological, decolonial, queer * feminist, and migrant perspective.

She was invited to teach at GlaugAIR, Rete Donne e.V., Viadrina Center B/ORDER IN MOTION, Viadrina University, The Visual House, Film Arche, University of Amsterdam, the International Academy of Art in Palestine, and DaMigra Dachverband der Migrantinnenorganisationen. She is also co-managing with Alex Depew, the Berlin Independent Film Community, which counts over 22K members.