The international student platform at CPH:DOX

CPH:DOX welcomes students from film schools, arts academies and universities all over the world to take part in DOX:ACADEMY. The platform is dedicated to ambitious students who wish to fully engage in the festival and form new networks across institutions and fields.

As a student you can join the festival as you like: you can join on your own or with your institution, you can form your own path through the festival with an academy accreditation that gives access to all regular screenings, masterclasses and conferences at CPH:DOX or you can apply for one of our intensive four day courses, the DOX:ACADEMY classes, with exclusive sessions with the best documentary filmmakers at the festival and specially curated and cross- disciplinary film programmes.

DOX:ACADEMY keeps growing! In 2018 we welcomed over 300 students from all over Europe to the festival.

DOX:ACADEMY is a programme of activities – film screenings, master classes, social events, and much more – especially designed for students from film schools, arts academies and universities from all over the world. DOX:ACADEMY takes place from March 25-29 during CPH:DOX.

DOX:ACADEMY offers an additional option of applying for a line of highly intensive courses (the ACADEMY CLASSES) on fixed dates (March 26-29).

Joining DOX:ACADEMY is both easy and affordable, and we welcome individual students as well as larger groups, classes or schools.

You can find all you need to know about DOX:ACADEMY and how to join us below, and if you have questions please feel free to contact us at

To participate in DOX:ACADEMY you need a Student Accreditation (750 DKK = approx. 100 EUR) in order to have unlimited access to all regular screenings, festival activities and social events, but once you have the accreditation, participating in DOX:ACADEMY itself is free of charge.

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DOX:ACADEMY takes place during CPH:DOX from March 25 – 29, 2019, but the schedule is flexible and you decide yourself when and for how long you wish to attend. The programme consists of film screenings and other activities from the official CPH:DOX 2019 festival programme, and of special sessions arranged exclusively for DOX:ACADEMY.

With a Student Accreditation you get:

      • Access to all regular film screenings at CPH:DOX, seminars, parties and other festival events.
      • Access to films, conferences, masterclasses and talks at CPH:DOX. All activities are held in English.
      • The option of applying for one of the intensive ACADEMY CLASSES from March 26-29 (limited number of participants).
      • An opportunity to meet and network with international students from art academies, film schools and universities from all over the world.
      • A festival bag with the 2019 catalogue.
      • Guest desk services, discount deals and advice on easy and affordable accommodation if you are an international student.
      • Sign up for an Academy Accreditation here.
      • When we have received and approved your application for an Academy Accreditation we will get back to you with detailed information.
      • In order to get an Academy Accreditation you need to be an enrolled student or phd student.
      • Interested in joining with a larger group? Contact

The ACADEMY CLASSES is an additional option in the shape of five different four-day intensive courses taking place during CPH:DOX on fixed dates from March 26-29, 2018.If accepted into a class you will join an exclusive group of international students from various fields and institutions throughout four days. The classes consist of group discussions, exclusive sessions with directors visiting the festival and specially curated film screenings in the evening. In order to create a concentrated learning atmosphere based on exchange and participation, the ACADEMY CLASSES are limited to 15-35 participants per Class. Participating students are expected to attend all activities and to actively contribute to the course. In order to apply you will be asked to provide a motivational text.

We offer five ACADEMY CLASSES representing five lines of study with a full day programme and specially curated film screenings in the evening. All five Classes are cross-disciplinary and explore the intersection between different practices by bringing together students, teachers and artists/experts from different professional backgrounds:

    • F:ACT CLASS is dedicated to the field between investigative journalism, documentary and contemporary political activism. Investigative and journalistic documentaries are unique in their approach to portray stories from reality. Armed with thorough research, the films dare to challenge established truths and explain complex relations while still telling fascinating stories. A common trait for the genre is the desire to not only represent the reality but to actively take part in it. With DOX:ACADEMY F:ACT we intend to create a forum for documentary and journalism to meet, inspire and challenge each other, but also to explore opportunities in the intersection between investigative journalism, expressive documentary genres and social commitment. The film screenings and discussions will be closely linked to the F:ACT programme of the festival. Do you want to see or change the World through a camera lense? Join the F:ACT-movement!

      Moderator:Danish documentarist Michael Graversen. Michael graduated as a Documentary Director from the National Film and Television School in UK. His newest film Dreaming of Denmark following a young unaccompanied refugee was nominated for F:ACT award at CPH:DOX in 2015.

    • CRITICS’ AND CURATORS’ CLASS is a forum where critics, curators, artists and filmmakers can meet and discuss ways to facilitate and write about contemporary documentaries. What is the role of criticism in relation to the continuously expanding and changing documentary format? What is the connection between curatorial practices in the art world and in festival programming? How is the work of a filmmaker affected by these practices? Getting to see a variety of films at the festival, the Class explores the overall goal of CPH:DOX: to showcase the documentary genre as an art form. The participants of the CRITICS’ AND CURATORS’ Class will get insights to backstage processes of curating a documentary festival such as CPH:DOX as well as meet critics from some of the leading film journals. Film culture has no life but the afterlife of shared thought. Wishing to (re)think, challenge and strengthen individual stakes in this afterlife the class will benefit emerging critics, curators, artists and filmmakers alike.

      Moderator: The young film critic and co-editor of the critical and edgy danish film journal Krystalbilleder, Daniel Flendt Dreesen. Daniel’s high ambitions for the critical culture in Scandinavia forms the backbone of this course.

    • SCIENCE CLASS examines the representation, visualization and storytelling of scientific research and how scientific research shapes and influences both society and contemporary documentaries. It will be closely linked to the science-programme of CPH:DOX. Across scientific disciplines and academic background this course is for students that take departure in their own research practise and want to work with film in relation to scientific topics and methods. In the SCIENCE CLASS you will experience the best new documentaries about scientific topics and get to know other students and researchers who work in between science and cinema. SCIENCE CLASS is a place for professional and creative exchanges where the students see and discuss as many films about science as possible.

      Moderator Daniel Oxenhandler. Daniel is a filmmaker and cultural researcher. He is the Co-Director of the Collaboratorium – an open media studio and global research lab exploring the intersections of film, arts, media, science, research, technology and innovation. He has directed + produced a variety of independent film and video projects, ranging from feature-length documentaries and short narrative films, to short music films and travelogues.

    • HYBRID CLASS examines the field between contemporary art / film and academic research, especially anthropology. The class gives the participants a unique insight in how international directors and artists create their projects today, both theoretically and methodically. There will be an additional focus of the experimental form of documentary as an artistic practice that test the boundaries of filmic expressions of the real. The screenings will be closely linked to the section of experimental films in the head programme of the festival: NEW:VISION. Here, artist’s films and new forms of video will be presented.

      Moderators (HYBRID I): Professors at the Royal Danish Art Academy Carla Zaccagnini and Angela Melitopoulos and visual anthropologist and filmmaker Perle Møhl. Angela studied at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf. She has been working with electronic media since 1986 creating experimental single-channel tapes, video installations, video-essays and documentaries. Her work of art is often based on research and collaboration with other knowledge spheres like sociology, politics and theory. Carla holds an MA in Art from Universidade de São Paolo. She has a wide range of international exhibitions behind her, most recently at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, Malmö Kunsthal and Museu de Arte de São Paolo. Perle Møhl holds a PhD in social anthropology and has done filmic fieldworks and taught documentary filmmaking in France, Denmark and Amazonia, and currently works on a research project where she investigates on the role of vision and visual technologies in border and migration control.

      Moderators (HYBRID II): Visual artist and filmmaker Tinne Zenner (Sleeping District – CPH:DOX 2014, Arrábida – CPH:DOX 2017) and visual anthropologist Therese Henningsen. Tinne holds an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and works primarily with analogue film and 3d-animation. Therese holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College and lives and works in London and Copenhagen. Both are members of Sharna Pax, a film collective working between the fields of anthropology, documentary and visual arts. .

    Please note: The programmes for each DOX:ACADEMY CLASS are closely connected to the general programme at CPH:DOX and are formed after the schedules of the many visiting film professionals at CPH:DOX. For this reason applicants for the course will have their full day programme shortly before the course. Expect intensive full day programmes from 10 am to 3 pm and film screenings all evening.

When filling in the application form for an Academy Accreditation, you have the additional option of applying for one of the five ACADEMY CLASSES. The classes are held on March 25-29 for a limited number of participants (see below). As the classes have limited access students are asked to state a first and a second priority.

The programmes for each DOX:ACADEMY CLASS are closely connected to the general programme at CPH:DOX and are formed after the schedules of the many visiting film professionals at CPH:DOX. For this reason applicants for the course will have their full day programme shortly before the course. Expect intensive full day programmes from 10 am to 3 pm and film screenings all evening.

If you are planning to attend as a group, feel free to contact us at

The deadline for applying for the exclusive DOX:ACADEMY Classes is January 24, 2019. In order to apply for one of the classes you will need a student accreditation and provide a letter of motivation. Seats for the ACADEMY CLASSES will be confirmed by mail, latest until February 1, 2018.

We do it because DOX:ACADEMY is the kind of thing we would really have wanted to take part in ourselves.CPH:DOX brings hundreds of international filmmakers, artists, journalists, experts and other professionals to Copenhagen for the festival in March. DOX:ACADEMY is about making the most of it all, and is dedicated to ambitious students who wish to engage fully in the festival.
We think a festival such as CPH:DOX is an ideal place to let students from different fields, institutions and academic traditions meet and form creative networks. Designed as an experimental “learning lab” in previous years, DOX:ACADEMY has been a highly productive space where students have organised themselves in the network created during the festival, and some have developed cross-disciplinary art and research projects.The DOX:ACADEMY is open to individuals and groups from schools and universities.

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