Archive Valley Masterclass #4


Archival Research for Documentaries

Join a 3-week online course to learn the
ins & out of archival research, clearance
& storytelling - and get ready for your upcoming productions.

Launch : November 30, 2021

They trust Archive Valley

The Ultimate Blueprint on
How to Find, License & Use Archival Footage
for Docs and TV Productions.


Archive Valley Masterclass

At Archive Valley, we see a lot of Film and TV professionals struggling with archival research. Yet, there is a growing appetite for archival-based stories, and a growing reliance on existing footage for unscripted and nonfiction productions.

Being unprepared to manage the archival complexities involved in a doc production can impact a project, its budget and its distribution. A lack of understanding can also prevents filmmakers from developing the (archival) stories they are dying to tell!

That's why we came up with a concrete solution that is quite unique in the film and tv industry: an online course about the ins and outs of archival research. After 3 successful editions and positive feedback from our attendees, we are happy to launch our 4th edition on November 30th.

Engaging and practical, the Archive Valley Masterclass has been built as a step-by-step guide. It is specially tailored to help Film and TV professionals deal efficiently with the many aspects of archival research, from pre-production through to master deliveries.

Over the course of this masterclass, not only will you learn about the entire process, including best practices from archive producers credited on high-calibers docs and series, but you will also come away with the confidence and organizational skills to best manage and oversee the archival research of your next productions.

Amongst our past attendees, we've been happy to welcome directors, producers, line producers, production coordinators, assistant producers, post-production supervisors, editors, as well as aspiring archive researchers.

The course suits all kinds of audiovisual projects and is particularly relevant for team members willing to get ready - and aligned - for their upcoming documentary or docuseries.

A 3-week
Online Course

5+ Hours of
Video Lessons

12 Top
World Experts




Meet your Masterclass Instructor

Camille Chavanne, Creative Research Project Manager

Camille Chavanne has been Archive Valley's Head of Research since 2016.

She manages the community of archive professionals and supervises footage research for the many different doc projects that pass through the platform.

Before joining the Archive Valley team, she worked as an archive researcher for several production companies. Camille holds two Master's Degrees in History and in Audiovisual Heritage Management from INA (National Audiovisual Institute, Paris).

Access Exclusive Conversations
with Top Archive Producers

Looking for Archival Content

Understanding Rights & Costs

Using Archives to Tell Stories Today

The Learning Objectives

"The comprehensive overview and expert
insights you receive on the masterclass
could be a lifeline to many."

Madeline Bates

Madeline Bates, Consultant and former FOCAL International Director of Outreach
Past attendee (Masterclass #1, January 2021)

Some kind words from our past attendees from the Masterclass #1, #2, #3

"Practical, insightful and well-managed"
"It was invaluable, thank you so much!"

"Great speakers!"


Enjoy a 360° Understanding of the Archival Research Process

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– Part 1 : How to tackle a research : guidelines and guidance.

– Part 2 : Uncovering archives for your story.

– Part 3 : Search methodology and techniques.


– Part 1 : Organizing your workflow.

– Part 2 : Rights, licensing agreements, and fair use.

– Part 3 : Anticipating the costs & budgeting wisely.


– Part 1 : Code of ethics and the recent debates about innovative techniques

– Part 2 : Stories from the archives.

BONUS : 2 Conversations with Top Archive Producers (Replay)

– A cross-conversation with Rich Remsberg (Bobby Kennedy For President / Netflix) and Lily Yudinsky (Hidden Face).

A conversation with James RM Hunt (American Murder: The Family Next Door / Netflix, My Generation).

Conversations about Archival Research (replay)
– #1 : A Cross-conversation with Archive Producers Laura Tusi and Maya Avidov
– #2 : A Conversation with Rosemary Rotondi

Conversations about Archival Clearance (replay)
– #3 : A Cross-conversation with Archive Producers James McDonald
– #4 : A conversation with Marianna Yarovskaya.

Conversations about Archival Storytelling (replay)
– #5 : A Cross-conversation with Archive Producers Rich Remsberg and Lily Yudinsky.
– #6 : A Conversation with James RM Hunt.

An Exclusive Roundtable (replay) 
– #7 : Roundtable with Archive Producers Mridu Chandra, Dora Ash Sakula and Jillian Bergman.

For each topic and big lesson, we’ve put together a compilation of insightful articles, documents, podcasts’ episodes and videos to help you go deeper. 

On top of that, you get access to a collaborative archival directory filled by all our attendees: it already contains 250+ archives from all over the world, with precious information including contact details. 

TRUE CRIME! The “go-to destination” for audiences worldwide, this genre is exploding and, as you know, it relies extensively on archival content.

👉 Join us on February 15th, 2021 (after Sundance) to discuss the “archival side” of True-Crime docs and docuseries with amazing special guests. 

We will take a deep dive into matters of archival research, clearance and storytelling – from US and European perspectives. 

Save the date ! Special guests to be announced soon! 

Already 50 Film & TV Professionals from 15+ countries have completed the Archive Vallley Masterclass.

It's time to get prepared for
the archival stories you can't wait to tell.


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Launch is October 7, 12PM EDT.
Don’t delay, the number of participants is limited!




Early Bird
extended until Sept. 30




Early Bird
extended until Sept. 30

Any questions? Contact Jhava, our co-founder