Development process

For new documentary talent

Doc Factory is a talent development program for emerging documentary makers in the Horst aan de Maas region. The 6 participants will become intensive in 6 months coached by professionals. From film plan to editing. The end result is the realization of their own short documentaries.


How do you write a film plan? Which topics should be covered there? And what do you use a film plan for? In this session, Ruud Lenssen exposed the secrets of the film plan.

Session 4

Write a film plan

The third session was a field trip to DocDays in Sittard. The participants followed master classes and case studies by renowned documentary makers and had the opportunity to network with fellow makers.

Session 3

Inspiration & networking

The second contact moment was all about brainstorming and discussing each other’s documentary ideas. In this session, participants learn the difference between a good idea and a good story.

Session 2

Idea development

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And… Action! The Docu Factory started on September 22, 2023. The participants came together for the first time in ‘t Gasthoes for meeting and inspiration. From 12 registrations, 6 participants have been selected who will learn all the tricks of the documentary trade over the next 6 months and ultimately make their own short documentary.

Session 1


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Doc Factory is an initiative of documentary maker Ruud Lenssen, known for Wei, 2019, and Mijn Vader de Hashkoning, 2022. Docu Fabriek tries to close the gap between education and the professional field. Many aspiring documentary filmmakers struggle to get their first films off the ground after graduation. Especially outside the Randstad, where makers are more dependent on themselves. As a result, many talents leave the region or choose another profession. Docu Fabriek tries to prevent that. In 6 months, with weekly contact moments, the talents are prepared for the future. The short documentaries that the talents produce at the end of the process will premiere at the new Docu Fabriek Film Festival in 't Gasthoes on March 24, 2024.