An intensive course for students

CPH:DOX welcomes students from film schools, arts academies and universities all over the world to take part in DOX:ACADEMY.

DOX:ACADEMY is a programme of activities – film screenings, master classes, workshops, project presentations, social events, and much more – especially designed for students. DOX:ACADEMY takes place from March 18-24 during CPH:DOX with the atmospheric environment of BORUPS (Borups Højskole) in the heart of Copenhagen as its social base.

The programme is open to all students with a festival accreditation, and the participants are free to choose when and for how long they wish to attend DOX:ACADEMY, and which lines of study they wish to follow. From March 18 to 24, DOX:ACADEMY will host masterclasses, seminars and networking events especially for students from film schools, arts academies and universities.

DOX:ACADEMY offers an additional option of applying for a line of intensive courses (the ACADEMY CLASSES) on fixed dates (March 21-24) and for a Project Lab (on March 20), both of limited capacity.

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 18 – 24, 2017, but the schedule is flexible and you decide yourself when and for how long you wish to attend. The programme consists partly of film screenings and other activities from the official CPH:DOX 2017 festival programme, and partly of special sessions arranged exclusively for DOX:ACADEMY.

With a Student Accreditation you get:

  • Access to all regular film screenings, seminars, parties and other festival events.
  • Access to the full DOX:ACADEMY 7 day programme of films, conferences, masterclasses, talks, workshops, special sessions with filmmakers, work-in-progress presentations of new films and other student activities. All activities are held in English.
  • The option of applying for one of the intensive ACADEMY CLASSES from March 21-24 (limited number of participants).
  • The option of applying for the ACADEMY PROJECT LAB held on March 20 (where a limited number of participants can present their film projects in development or production).
  • An atmospheric social base at BORUPS (Borups Højskole) in the heart of Copenhagen.
  • An opportunity to meet and network with international students in your own field of study.
  • A festival bag with the 2017 catalogue.
  • Guest desk services, discount deals and advice on easy and affordable accommodation if you are an international student.
  • Apply for a Student Accreditation here.
  • When filling in the application form, you have the additional option of applying for one of the five ACADEMY CLASSES held on March 21-24 for a limited number of participants (see below).
  • When filling in the application form, you also have the option of applying for the ACADEMY PROJECT LAB held on March 20 for a limited number of participants (see below).
  • When we have received and approved your application for an accreditation we will get back to you with detailed information.

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

The deadline for applying for a Student Accreditation and thus to sign up for DOX:ACADEMY and apply for the related Classes, is February 15 if you wish to appear in our Industry Guide of attending professionals. After that deadline you will still be able to apply for an accreditation until March 1.

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 21-24, 2017.

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, and in order to apply you will be asked to provide a motivational text.

We offer five ACADEMY CLASSES representing five lines of study. 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 social impact.The F:ACT Class creates an exchange between documentary films, journalism and contemporary political activism. The film screenings and discussions will be closely linked to the F:ACT programme of the festival, and to the debates dealing with recent political and societal discourses. Besides focusing on the aesthetics and methods of investigative documentaries, there will be space to reflect on empowering moments when “telling one’s story”. Do you want to see or change the World through a camera lense? Join the F:ACT-movement!Moderator: Danish documentarist Michael Gravsersen with special interest in the urgent topic of unaccompanied refugee children. His newest film Dreaming of Denmark was nominated for F:ACT-award at CPH:DOX 2015.
  • CRITICS’ CLASS offers emerging critics and curators an opportunity to develop their understanding and skills in the overlapping fields of criticism and curation. How can we speak about and fascilitate documentaries? Getting to see a variety of films at the festival, the Class also explores the overall goal of CPH:DOX – to showcase the Documentary genre as an artform – and how this is interconnected to curative practices in the Art world. The participants of the CRITICS’ 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. Constantly moving between theory and practice, this Class allows students from a various range of disciplines and academic or artistic fields to look into ways of discussing and facilitating modern documentaries. This is one of the most idealistic courses of dox:academy – trying to renew, change and challenge the practices of Film- and Art criticism.Moderator: the young film critic and co-editor of the critical and edgy danish film journal Krystalbilleder, Daniel Flendt Dreesen.
  • 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: Before and after science with filmic presentations of everything from human evolution to human decay, from inventions on Earth to trips out of our solar system. 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: Danish DR-director with special interest in nature, science and technology, Lars Ostenfeld.
  • SOUND CLASS offers a sound perspective on documentary practices with a course in radio documentary, podcasting and sound art. examines sound as practice in radio documentaries, podcasts and sonic-art. Focusing on storytelling and the exploration of the artistic potential of sound-based documentary, the four-day programme will be closely linked to the festival’s section Sound&Vision and our brand new section exclusively focusing on Radio. In masterclasses, workshops and discussions, the participants of the SOUND Class get the chance to meet and connect with other students and international professionals from the field of sound and radio – sharing their passion for the sonic. Amongst the guests will be danish sound-artists Peter Albrechtsen and Jacob Kierkegaard and british podcaster Eleanor McDowall.Moderator: Danish radio producer Rikke Houd. Houd is occupied with real life stories, imagined ones and the sounds and silences that weave it all together.
  • 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 and reflection on it 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:
    HYBRID1: Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of fine arts Katya Sander and Christian Suhr,filmmaker and assistant professor at the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University.

    HYBRID2: Visual artist and filmmaker Tinne Zenner and Londonbased anthropologist and filmmaker Therese Henningsen. Both are co-founders and members of Sharna Pax, a film collective working between the fields of anthropology, documentary and visual arts.

Each Class is composed of a tailored programme with four days of talks, workshops and special sessions arranged exclusively for the participants. These will be weaved together with screenings and conferences from the CPH:DOX festival programme.

CPH:DOX invites all students working on a film to apply for the ACADEMY PROJECT LAB – a one day workshop on March 20 where professionals will inspire you and give you feedback on your project. The Project Lab also includes group feedback sessions, pairing you with other projects on the same stage as you.

We welcome projects in all stages of development, production and post production.

All attendees will be able to present their projects at the beginning of the workshop in order to get feedback and train the discipline of pitching.

During the workshop you will attend tailored sessions with relevant film professionals who will help developing your project, on e.g. storytelling, production plan, financing, distribution.

In order to apply, you will have to submit a project description, of 2000-2500 characters and preferably a trailer or a clip. Please clarify if your project is in development, in production or in post production.

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.

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. In 2017, we are expanding the DOX:ACADEMY programme to include more Classes, a Project Lab and a number of general Academy sessions, making it possible for more students to take part in the Academy in more flexible ways.

The DOX:ACADEMY is open to individuals and groups from schools and universities.

DOX:ACADEMY recommends different paths/tracks that guide students and professors through the programme and helps to focus on individual research interests. Every research path draws a line that connects film screenings, Q&As, conferences and events. It offers a quick overview for students and teachers and gives short stay guests the opportunity to get the most out of the programme – combining academic interest with the desire to connect with researchers and professionals of the film industry.

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