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BALTIC SEA DOCS 2021

The 25th Baltic Sea Docs is on the lookout for new projects

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- The Baltics’ leading documentary and pitching event is awaiting the next 18 projects set to be presented at its upcoming celebratory edition

The 25th Baltic Sea Docs is on the lookout for new projects

The 25th edition of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (BSD), the leading documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries, is scheduled to run in hybrid form from 1-12 September in Riga, Latvia, and it also aims to include a range of additional activities to celebrate this special edition. According to the current plans, most of the industry events will be held online, and BSD is looking for new projects that wish to participate, with the call closing on 11 June.

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Regarding the eligibility criteria, the projects should be submitted by independent production companies from the countries of the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden), Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. However, other countries may be considered if the subject of the documentary relates to the region. For the upcoming edition, an international committee will select 18 feature-length creative documentary projects, with cross-media projects also being eligible, and they will be pitched to around 150 film professionals (international broadcasters, sales agents, film funds and other industry representatives) from the Baltic Sea region, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus who will attend BSD.

The full guidelines and the application form can be found on the BSD website; participation is free of charge, and the selected projects will be announced by 12 July. Also, for further information, interested participants can contact Zane Balčus, project manager at BSD, at this address: balticforum@nkc.gov.lv.

It should be noted that participation in the preparatory workshops, pitching sessions and seminars offers the filmmakers a chance to both finance their projects and reach a wider audience across Europe. Some of the recent participants in BSD include The Jump [+see also:
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by Giedrė Žickytė (Lithuania/Latvia/France), which scooped the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival; My Favorite War [+see also:
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by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen (Norway/Latvia), which won the Feature Film Contrechamp Award and the Prix du Jury Senscritique at Annecy; and This Rain Will Never Stop [+see also:
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by Alina Gorlova (Ukraine/Germany/Latvia/Qatar), presented with the Award for Best First Appearance at IDFA.

BSD is organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia, with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Riga City Council and the State Culture Capital Foundation. In parallel with the industry activities, BSD is presenting a film programme consisting of recent documentaries, which will be screened online and in cinemas (if health-and-safety regulations allow).

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