Directors Village 2023

Discover our 5-day residence training program during SHIFT Film Forum and bring your film closer to the screen!

Would you like to work thoroughly on your short film script, director's vision and directing actors? Submit your project and become a part of the Directors Village during SHIFT Film Forum at the ECI Cultuurfabriek in Roermond, the Netherlands! Eight filmmakers from different countries will be selected to take part in the residence training program.

Directors Village is organised by CineSud in collaboration with Screen Talent Europe.

It was a true pleasure to be a part of last years Director’s Village and meet this warm group of talented people. A wonderful program organised by the safe and welcoming hands of CineSud, inspiring and encouraging guidance by top coaches and a strong and joyful connection with the filmmakers whom I share this experience with. The program has both enriched the process with my project as well as given me lifelong memories. I strongly recommend this for all who want to grow as a filmmaker and have a great time doing it! Adam Starsmark - FilmCloud - Sweden

Directors Village 2023

Join our 5-day on-site European residence training program to enhance and develop the skills of directors-writers and help you prepare for your next (short film) project. Learn and work on script development, Directors vision & directing actors with coaches during group sessions, networking events and you help each other to bring your projects further.

  • September 13 Get-together & Short Films: Directors Village Special

  • September 14 Group Session | Writers Room: Script Development

  • September 15 Group Session | Directing: Find Your Director’s Vision & Workshop | Script Analysis

  • September 16 Workshop | Directing: Working with Actors

  • September 17 Group Session | Directing: Editing & Scene Analysis

Participation in the Directors' Village is limited to eight talents. The participants are writer-directors who are working on their new short film and would like insight and advice tailored to their project and their vision.

*It is important that the participants are (co)writing and filming their own project; the co-writer can also be invited into the program. The writer-director needs to have already directed one short film.

Participation fee

Participation in the Directors’ Village is limited to eight talents of Screen Talent Europe.

  • Filmmakers from Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden and Ukraine are eligible to submit if the film workshop in their region is one of the Screen Talent Europe partners: Film Workshop Copenhagen*, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, CineSud (also for Ukrainian filmmakers), New Noardic Wave, GMAC Film, Ardán Ireland or FilmCloud. Your application will be assessed by your local partner. The participation fee is covered by the partner mentioned above (The partner covers participation in the program, accommodation and catering costs for the selected participants. Traveling costs are fully/partially covered depending on your local partner).

* your participation will be partially covered by Film Workshop Copenhagen.


Submitting for Directors Village 2023 is not possible anymore. We will select the projects and inform chosen participants at the latest June 20th.

"I wasn't anticipating the experience to be so revolutionary when it came to my work, and I certainly didn't expect to come away with seven new old friends. I can't wait to see what they do next, and I am so looking forward continuing our friendship!" Catriona MacLeod - GMAC Film - Scotland
Being part of the Directors Village 2022 was a truly edifying and worthwhile experience, both professionally and personally! Want to improve your short-film project while expanding your storyteller's toolbox and making some friends along the way? The Directors Village got you covered! Lucas Brunelli Donnard - Germany


Directors Village is a unique training program organised by CineSud together with our dear partners of Screen Talent Europe: New Noardic Wave, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Ardán Ireland, GMAC Film, FilmCloud and Film Workshop Copenhagen.

Screen Talent Europe is a network of film workshops and media centres in Europe. The purpose of the network is to promote and foster co-operation between partners, help filmmakers exchange knowledge, experiences and methods through talent camps, network meetings and co-productions. The network collaborates to produce international talent development projects such as pitching forums, film production camps, networking and social events. Furthermore, Screen Talent Europe works to strengthen the workshop model for support-based talent development and also assists countries in Europe currently without film workshops in developing similar resources and models.

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