DN Academy

DocNomads Academy is an umbrella label that encompasses different activities, events and special courses which are implemented externally to the curriculum in the semesters of DocNomads mobile school, although aiming to enlarge its educational objectives and provide a supportive platform for DocNomads community.

DN Academy includes special courses fostered by initiative of the Academic Board, such as the “Academy Seminars” held annually in February, also activities promoted in cooperation with partner schools, such as the “Summer Schools” in July, or in association with DocNomads alumni, such as the “Alumni Event” held in February.


Academy Seminars

The Academy Seminars aim at expanding the boundaries of the regular curricular programme of DocNomads by focusing in specific thematic within an intensive two-day format of lectures and workshops held in February of each year, by when two cohorts of DocNomads students are congregated in Budapest.

The first Academy Seminar was held in February 2019, titled “Storytelling Seminar”. Forthcoming editions of this initiative will focus in different overarching topics. Although this first seminar was held for attendance of the classes of DN6 and DN7 it is intended to open the event to a wider public in the near future.

Storytelling Seminar (2019)

The first Academy Seminar organized by DocNomads out of its regular curriculum was held for two days at the conference hall of Premier Kultcafé in Budapest.

The seminar was lectured by guest participants external to DocNomads faculty, namely Ildikó Enyedi, a renowned Hungarian film director and screenwriter whose film “Body and Soul” recently won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale; Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, one of the most prolific Polish documentary filmmakers who is also a professor at Łódz Film School; and Susan Brand, an editor and edit consultant with twenty years of experience in broadcast and independent film. John Burgan, himself a writer, director, editor and lecturer served as the seminar guest moderator.

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Summer Schools

DocNomads Summer Schools are held between the 2nd and 3rd semesters of the Master, and aim at fostering ways of active cooperation with non-European partner film schools by bringing together expertise and pedagogic methods of both parties in order to provide an intensive collective experience of teamwork between small groups of students from both schools, which beyond of an additional learning opportunity is intended to result in a memorable multicultural exchange for all participants.

These activities always take place in local settings proposed by the host schools and chosen by its potential to inspire filmwork approaches. Students conjointly do fieldwork on location, find subjects to develop projects and then produce completed short films to be screened before a local audience, all of these tasks carried out within a period of up to two weeks. Teachers from both schools also cooperate to exchange knowledge and experiences whilst supervising the projects’ development and its production by their students.

Georgia, July - August 2019

The second Summer School was held in Khulo, located in the mountains of Ajara region, South Georgia, which was organized as a 10 day-long workshop of documentary filmmaking in cooperation with TAFU - Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University.

Students of TAFU and DocNomads worked in mixed groups to create 4 films of around 10’ under a tight schedule of about 3 days to research a subject, 4 days to shoot and 2 days to edit the cuts that were screened on the last day.

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Lebanon, July 2018

The first Summer School was held in Ehden, a remote location in the mountain’s region of Lebanon, to what became a pilot venture in cooperation with the School of Cinema and Audiovisual Directing of ALBA-UOB Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Beirut.

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Alumni Event

The Alumni Event, since its inception in 2016, has become along the years a steadily established initiative amidst the activities carried out in early February by when two cohorts of DocNomads students are gathered in Budapest.

This event is supported by the Academic Board and organized in association with alumni of DocNomads, in view to sustain a live forum of ideas’ exchange between peers of the growing DocNomads community.

Graduated students come to this event to meet fellow Nomads and share experiences of their professional endeavours, or to showcase current projects in production or seeking for collaboration, or to present partnership initiatives developed through independent platforms and ventures, often co-founded with fellow alumni.

Alumni Event of 2019



Moderator: PETER KEREKES (Member of the Academic Board)

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DocNomads issued 6 numbers of the DNA Newsletter between the Spring of 2016 and the Fall of 2018, which became the first series of newsletters distributed amidst the DocNomads network of students, alumni, scholars, collaborators and affiliates, wishing to contribute to strengthen a communication channel between people currently and formerly participating in the programme, and also external people interested in following DocNomads activities.

Within its editorial line, the varied content of the first series of these newsletters included info of broad interest, spanning from giving notice of new activities within the programme, to sharing news about the professional lives of alumni, to spotlighting perspectives about relevant industry topics and other emerging issues related to documentary filmmaking.

A new series of DocNomads Newsletter in updated format is being prepared for quarterly release, which launching is expected to happen until the end of this year. In the meantime, we make the archived numbers of the first series available to the public, which can be viewed from below.

DNA Newsletter 06 - Autumn 2018

DNA Newsletter 05 - Spring 2018

DNA Newsletter 04 - Autumn 2017

DNA Newsletter 03 - Summer 2017

DNA Newsletter 02 - Autumn 2016

DNA Newsletter 01 - Spring 2016


Call for Application to the 2020-2022 (ninth) edition is closed.

The application submission for 2021-23 will open in October 2020.

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DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Masters Course is aimed to students from all over the world with a BA degree in Film Studies, in Arts or in Media Communication studies.

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The DOC NOMADS EMMC has three full partners and enjoys the backing of 19 European and non-European associated members.

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