Dérives is a association that develops, produces and distributes original documentaries.
Dérives offers a number of aid systems to documentary filmmakers and producers from French-speaking Belgium, whatever the status of their project. Priority is given to first films, shorts and features, and to unfunded films, that view the world in an original and singular manner.
Aid and support
1st & 2nd documentary
The production of original documentaries (cinema, television, experimental)
Dérives offers, as a producer, filmmakers who are directing their first or second documentary artistic, logistic and technical supervision: writing workshop, search for funding, financial structuring, availability of shooting and post-production equipment, collaboration with national and international partners. Our commitment to filmmakers aims to improve the quality and distribution potential of first films.
Aid for unfunded films
Self-funding of production and/or post-production
Dérives helps certain projects that have been unable to obtain public funding for whatever reason by intervening on part or the whole of production and/or post-production.
Dérives targets unconventional and alternative works that have an original and experimental cinematic approach.
Co-production and material aid
Equipment and services at the disposal of projects
Dérives offers filmmakers and producers from French-speaking Belgium:
Aid for documentary short films
The short format as an area for cinematic experimentation
Dérives produces 2 to 3 documentary short films each year. This niche is as much for first films as for atypical projects by experienced filmmakers. The goal is to aid films that offer an uncompromising, powerful, committed and original approach.
The annual grants
Aid for the development and completion of a documentary
Dérives allots two aid grants each year to first documentaries: a development grant (4,000€) allowing a filmmaker to carry out scouting, and a completion grant (7,000€) designed to complete and promote a documentary film.
To be eligible, a project must be, at least in part, shot in Wallonia, be the work of a filmmaker from French-speaking Belgium and benefit from no other support when applying for aid.
A filmmaker's view of a social theme
Each year, Dérives organizes project submissions on a specific theme (health, employment, education…) designed to launch a documentary film with the financial backing of local partners. The goal is to create and promote a film that has a new, creative and original view of a social problem while increasing public awareness of it.
Project submission 2018 – coming soon
Calendar and conditions
Filing of applications
All year round
- 1st & 2nd documentary projects
- Documentary short films projects
- Post-production et à la co-production projects
September 1st 2018
Development and completion grants 2018 for a first or second documentary film
Call for projects 2018
Applications (20 pages maximum) to be sent within the deadlines to firstname.lastname@example.org and containing at least:
CV, synopsis, writer-director’s note of intent, status of the project and nature of the aid requested. Finally, all appropriate Vimeo links, be it to a previous work, a pre-cut or an extract from the rushes.