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: on your own or in a larger group, 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 one week courses – the DOX:ACADEMY classes.

See you at CPH:DOX March 2020!

DOX:ACADEMY is a platform for students from film schools, arts academies and universities from all over the world. We offer an accreditation with access to all regular screenings, masterclasses and events at CPH:DOX and exclusive student activities such as network events and masterclasses.

DOX:ACADEMY offers an additional option of applying for a line of highly intensive courses (the ACADEMY CLASSES) on fixed dates (March 23-27).

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 academy@cphdox.dk.

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. Partcipation in the DOX:ACADEMY is without further cost.

For group discounts, contact us at academy@cphdox.dk.

The DOX:ACADEMY accreditation gives you access to CPH:DOX from March 18 – 29, 2020. You decide  when and for how long you wish to attend.

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 23-27 without further cost(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.
      • Access to exclusive masterclasses and networking events for students.
      • A festival bag with the 2020 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 (without further cost) you need to be an enrolled student or phd student. Recent graduates can however be accepted upon individual evaluation. If you are graduated within the 3 last years send your diploma and a short motivation to academy@cphdox.dk
  • Interested in joining with a larger group? Contact academy@cphdox.dk
The ACADEMY CLASSES is an additional option in the shape of four different week intensive courses taking place during CPH:DOX on fixed dates from March 23-27, 2020. 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 four ACADEMY CLASSES representing four 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, expressive documentary genres and contemporary political activism. 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 documentarists and journalists to meet, inspire and challenge each other in the collective examination of social impact through documentary media. 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!<b

CRITICS’ CLASS is a new and ambitious forum for young aspiring film critics! Here students from various fields 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? Getting to see a variety of films at the festival, the Class intends to collectively explore and formulate the tendencies, colors and networks of this years CPH:DOX programme – in collaboration with 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. With the CRITICS’ & CURATORS’ CLASS we at CPH:DOX wish to create the frames for new and ambitious networks for film criticism.

SCIENCE CLASS examines the representation, visualization and storytelling of scientific research and will be closely linked to the science-programme of CPH:DOX. How can complex knowledge be transformed into a narrative that is intelligible for a broader crowd through moving images? How can the documentary method in itself be seen as a sort of research?The goal of this class is to explore and develop new and ambitious methods for science films and hence also new ways of collaborations between filmmakers, artists and scientific researchers. Across scientific disciplines and academic background this course is for students who want to work with film in relation to scientific topics and methods. In the SCIENCE CLASS you will experience the best new science documentaries and get to know other students and researchers who work in between science and cinema..
Note! students of the SCIENCE CLASS will have activities from Monday morning (March 25th) as they will join the “Science & Film”-sessions at the CPH:CONFERENCE.

HYBRID CLASS examines the field between contemporary art / film and academic research, especially anthropology. The class gives the participants a unique insight into 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 overall programme of CPH:DOX: NEW:VISION. Here, artist’s films and new forms of video will be presented.

Note! Hybrid is the new black and in order to welcome as many students as possible we will offer two HYBRID classes in 2020!

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 beginning of 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 four ACADEMY CLASSES. The classes are held on March 23-27 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 academy@cphdox.dk.

Recent graduates may be accepted upon individual evaluation. If you are graduated within the 3 last years send your diploma and a short motivation to academy@cphdox.dk

The deadline for applying for the exclusive DOX:ACADEMY Classes 2020 is January 30th, 2020. In order to apply for one of the classes you will need to apply for an Academy Accreditation and provide a letter of motivation. Graduated within the three last years? Send your diploma and a short motivation to academy@cphdox.dk

The deadline for applying for an Academy Accreditation only is February 15th, 2020.

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.
You want to attend the festival and need to find a place to sleep? Feel free to check out our agreements with hostels and hotels in Copenhagen, hereHere you will find all the best tips for your stay in the city. From our festival centres, how to rent a bike or our favourite bars and restaurants.
Give us a shout at academy@cphdox.dk! We are looking forward to hear from you.
In 2019 we welcomed over 300 students from all over Europe. 56 institutions were represented: Aalto University ELO Film School Finland, Aarhus University, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Wajda School, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Conservatory of Amsterdam,  Conservatory of Arts and Crafts CNAM (FR), Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen university, Danish School of Media and Journalism, DocNomads, Dutch Film Academy, University of Zagreb, Film School of Baden-Württemberg, Film High School Møn, Film KONRAD WOLF, Funen Art Academy, Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL), Goldsmiths University of London, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Hochschule Darmstadt, Hong Kong Baptist University, Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design + Technology, Johan Borups Folk High School, King’s College London, Kingston School of Art, Kunsthochschule Kassel, Kunsthochschule Mainz, Lithuanian academy of music and theatre, Malmo Art Academy, Næstved Talent School, National Film and Television School (UK), Netherlands Film Academy, Nordland Art & Film School, Roskilde University, SOAS(School of Oriental and Asian Studies), Stavrakos Film School, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, National Film School of Denmark, The Norwegian Film School, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Denmark, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Oslo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milan (IT), University College London, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of Sussex, University of West Scotland.
Student, Copenhagen University (2018, 2019)

I’ve attended the F:ACT programme at CPH:DOX for two years in a row. The class gave me insights on practical aspects of documentary filmmaking that would have been very difficult to obtain otherwise. It helped me to know how to approach my projects and how it is possible to make films in so many different ways. Both years I’ve felt amazed at how quick the class get a sense of community. We also shared finished work to get feedback from each other and thus the class worked as a platform and community after the ending of the class. I’m certain that my experiences at DOX:Academy will be at great help in the future.

Student, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2017, 2018, 2019)

Jeg har tre år i streg deltaget ved DOX:ACADEMY, der alle gange har været en fantastisk lærerig oplevelse og som tilmed har givet mig venner og nye kontakter på tværs af lande og skoler. DOX:ACADEMY har hvert år gjort enormt indtryk på mig og har afgjort været afgørende for min filmforståelse og filmdannelse. Og skønt jeg ikke udelukkende arbejder med film, har jeg kunnet anvende min oplevelse og erfaring fra DOX:ACADEMY indenfor alle grene af mit fag og jeg er overbevist om, at DOX:ACADEMY har spillet en stor rolle for mig ift min uddannelse som billedkunstner på Kunstakademiets Billedkunstskoler.

Student, National Film and Television School (2018, 2019)

Attending CPH:DOX Academy was a fantastic experience. Not only did I see some of the most amazing documentary films released in 2018 but I had a chance to speak to the directors in person in brilliantly facilitated masterclasses and Q&A sessions. I was able to engage in constructive and open conversations about their process and techniques used in their films. As an unexpected bonus, I managed to secure an external mentor for my current project, in addition to greatly expanding my network of contacts among the European documentary filmmakers’ community. I can’t recommend the Academy enough for anyone who is serious about filmmaking and I look forward to attending it again next year.

Student, Filmhøjskole Møn (2019)

Coming from a fiction background, I didn’t know what to expect from the Academy. The Fact class has given me the chance to see documentaries from various point of views. We have had amazing sessions with the directors and it allowed us to learn the fundamentals of the success behind their documentaries. I will definitely return for the following year to the academy as the moderators and coordinators were fantastic at handling every single enquiry and facilitating the whole event successfully. Thank you CPH:DOX ACADEMY for an eye opener!

Student, University of Zagreb (2019) 

I enjoyed attending conferences and having masterclasses with directors whose films I had watched beforehand, as it gave me a chance to take a more profound look into individual perspectives on filmmaking, from conceptualizing ideas to the practical issues of the filming itself. As an aspiring filmmaker that is still dwelling within the theoretical and philosophical realms of film, it was nice to hear more about the actual process, first-hand.

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