Inspiration Workshop 2018

ADVANCED DOCUMENTARY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: PITCH. DEVELOP. EDIT. SCREEN. This intensive workshop is an ideal next step for more experienced filmmakers, journalists, and visual storytellers who have already identified a subject for a documentary and, ideally, have started production. During this 6-day workshop led by award-winning American documentary filmmaker Melody Gilbert, you will focus on pitching and developing your project proposal and your trailer or sample. You’ll learn how to write and talk about your story to potential funders and organizations by refining your pitch and your trailer with guest industry experts. The workshop will conclude with a public pitching and screening of your doc project in the MOLDOX festival, where your pitch will be judged by European industry executives who will select three projects to attend prestigious training programs in Europe. You’ll leave this workshop with a solid foundation from which to proceed with your project for grants, crowdfunding and/or pitching forums. Please bring a laptop with editing software and/or a video camera and your footage.  Note: if you have not started shooting yet, please bring the archival or temporary footage to edit during the class.



Melody Gilbert has been making feature-length independent documentaries for 15 years. Her film topics range from children who can’t feel pain ( to people who get married at a shopping mall, to the former vice president of the United States ( All of her films have screened at prestigious film festivals (SXSW, Thessaloniki, Hot Docs), been picked up for international distribution for broadcast TV (PBS, Sundance Channel, RTL, TVF, YLE, etc.) and VOD (iTunes and Netflix). Most recently, she has been the producer of The Starfish Throwers (2014), Women Outward Bound (2015) and executive producer for American Heart (2015/PBS). The Documentary Channel has called Melody “one of the most fearless filmmakers in contemporary documentary cinema.” Her new film, SILICONE SOUL, is Melody’s 7th feature-length film as a director/producer/cinematographer. Melody is also a passionate educator who has taught filmmaking at the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, Columbia College, and the American University in Bulgaria (2011-2015). She is currently teaching master classes & tutoring emerging filmmakers around the world (Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova).

Trailers for all of Melody’s films here:

Gordon Quinn

Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) “an extraordinarily moving documentary.” With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people.

At Kartemquin, Gordon created a legacy that is an inspiration for young filmmakers and a home where they can make high-quality, social-issue documentaries. Gordon currently executive produces and works creatively on all of our current productions. Kartemquin’s best known film, Hoop Dreams (1994), executive produced by Gordon, was released theatrically to unprecedented critical acclaim. Its many honors include: the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Chicago Film Critics Award – Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association – Best Documentary and an Academy Award Nomination.

His recent films as executive producer include Minding the Gap (2018 Sundance Special Jury Award winner for Breakthrough Filmmaking), America to Me, Edith+Eddie (2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short), Keep Talking and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature).


Level: Advanced

Language: English

Deadline for applications: 25th of July, 2018

Fee: no charge

Number of participants: 6-8

Target participants: professional filmmakers from Moldova who have experience in documentary filmmaking

Selection criteria:

Age: 18+

Nationality: Republic of Moldova

How to apply?

The requested materials ARE:

– CV resume (1 page maximum);

– the application document, to be completed in English;

– a previous work and edited sequences (for applicants with a project in process).

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