Documentary Film workshop

Do you have a documentary film project that has been waiting too long unedited on a hard drive? Then here is something for you.

In collaboration with Klapp ,The Blue Bank invites you to participate in a four day documentary film workshop guided by accomplished film makers from northern Norway. Through presentations of some of their work you’ll get inspiration for your own project and through brief seminars you’ll gain insight into the art of storytelling, dramaturgy and documentary film production. Last but not least there will be time to sit down and discuss your own project and edit under the guidance of experienced documentary film makers.

Space is limited to 5 participants. Over the course of these four intense days you and the tutors will work on identifying ways to draw audience into your story and close to its characters, and analyse how the narrative unfolds through different types of storytelling techniques. The workshop will be a mixture of seminars and one-on-one sessions with a tutor. At the end of the workshop each participant should have a rough-cut version of his/her film to be screened for the co-participants and tutors.

For those that don’t have a film project to work on we have 10 spots open for observers that still want to participate, be a part of the group discussions and learn about documentary film production.

Dates: January 30th – February 3rd, 2019


You can apply now and until December 20th 2018. Please e-mail us your application and tell us who you are and what project you want to work on. We will get in touch and confirm the selected 5 participants by 31st of December.


Max 5 participants. Price for a single filmmaker with a project: 59.000 ISK. 


  • Participation in workshop, seminars, and individual sessions on editing, storytelling and dramaturgy
  • Accommodation at the Westfjords Residency
  • 4 lunches and 3 dinners at Simbahöllin café
  • Ísafjörður airport pickup


Max 10 observers. Price for an observer: 29.000 ISK




Trude Berge Ottersen (Tromso, Norway), is educated in the disciplines of anthropological filmmaking, but concentrates on endowing her verite films with heart, humour and the human spirit. For the past years, Trude has been directing and producing several documentaries including her debut film “Sealers: One Last Hunt” (2017) that traveled to various films festivals across the globe.

Ingrid Dokka works as film consultant and a commissioning editor at North Norwegian Film Centre in Tromsø, a regional film fund. She has directed several documentaries and short fiction films, and has her MA in Film and Media Science at University of Oslo, Norway. She has worked in different parts of the professional Norwegian film industry since 1993.


The Blue Bank and Þingeyri

The Blue Bank is located in Þingeyri, a small village in the Westfjords of Iceland. It’s an innovation hub and creative space that aims to bring together the local community and creatives and entrepreneurs from the outside. As well as being the main community and service centre for the locals of Þingeyri, the Blue Bank organises courses and seminars, hosts artists and entrepreneurs and takes part in various international cooperations.

The workshop is supported by the North Norwegian Film Centre and Nordic Culture Point.

Please e-mail us to enquire or sign up.