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Beldocs boasts strong competitions and impressive industry programmes

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- The Belgrade documentary event will host master classes by Abel Ferrara, Ulrich Seidl, Ruth Beckermann, João Pedro Rodrigues, Gürcan Keltek and Boris Mitić

Beldocs boasts strong competitions and impressive industry programmes
Piazza Vittorio by Abel Ferrara

The 11th edition of the Beldocs Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival, taking place from 7-14 May, has plumped up both its film selection and its industry section. It will be screening 98 films in 14 different sections and 11 cinemas, and features the Beldocs Market, a series of panels and discussions with more than 60 international professionals moderated by EDN director Paul Pauwels, and Beldocs in Progress, a platform designed to present new documentary projects to the national and international market.

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The main International Competition consists of 12 titles, from Abel Ferrara's Piazza Vittorio [+see also:
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, through Agnes Varda's Faces Places [+see also:
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, Simon Gillard's Boli Bana [+see also:
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and Talal Derki's Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
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, to Gürcan Keltek's Meteors [+see also:
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. For the full line-up, click here.

The Serbian Competition features eight titles, including the Visions du Réel Special Mention winner 4 Years in 10 Minutes [+see also:
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by Mladen Kovačević, the Sarajevo documentary competition titles When Pigs Come [+see also:
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by Biljana Tutorov and Guidance Through the Black Hole [+see also:
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by Zlatko Pranjić and Aleksandar Nikolić, and Boris Mitić's IDFA Masters entry In Praise of Nothing [+see also:
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. For the full list, click here.

Other selections include a Focus on the Baltics, Beldocs Human Rights, Meteors (radical arthouse documentaries), Front Page (films on current affairs), Planet Earth, Fireworks ("about enrapturing, incredible or dynamic people and events”, as the Beldocs website describes the selection, which includes Eva Mulvad's A Modern Man [+see also:
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and Ilija Cvetkovski's Avec L'Amour [+see also:
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), Biographical Documentaries, Music Documentaries, Special Screenings (documentaries relating to political issues in the Balkans and Eastern Europe), and retrospectives of Ulrich Seidl and Vlado Škafar

A special selection of top-notch highbrow art documentaries from the past ten years, including Jean Marie Straub's latest short People by the Lake, as well as the latest film from US auteur James BenningL. Cohen, and Miguel Gomes' legendary Our Beloved Month of August [+see also:
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, curated by Beldocs' new artistic director, filmmaker Marko Grba Singh, will be screened in Belgrade's Museum of Contemporary Art. 

The impressive line-up of master classes includes “Directing Oneself: How to Maintain an Auteur Film Career?” by Abel Ferrara, “Between Fiction and Documentary” by João Pedro Rodrigues, “How to Film Nothing” by Mitić, “Documenting and Writing Personal-Political Memory on Meteors” by Keltek, “Re-Constructing History with Present Images on The Waldheim Waltz [+see also:
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” by Ruth Beckermann and a highly anticipated, untitled master class by Seidl.

Finally, Beldocs in Progress will present seven projects (click here for the full list), and the two best projects, as chosen by the jury, will receive a €2,000 award thanks to the support of Film Center Serbia, and €4,000 in post-production services by Living Pictures.

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