Beldocs in Progress (BIP) is a platform to present international documentary projects in progress from Western Balkans, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Baltic states to international industry representatives. The aim of this section of Beldocs Industry is to support production and post-production of documentary projects from the above countries by presenting them to festival programmers, sales agents, distributors, TV commissioning editors and potential co-producers. The programme of Beldocs in Progress includes public pitchings (this year held in digital format), including screening of selected scenes of participating projects, followed by one-to-one meetings with industry professionals.
Decision makers 2020
Anna Kaslová / East Doc Market Coordinator / Institute of Documentary Film / Czech Republic
Angeliki Petrou / International Program Coordinator / Thessaloniki Documentary Festival / Greece
Catherine Le Clef / President Cat&Docs / France
Dagne Vildžiūnaite / Producer / Just A Moment / Lithuania
Elisabeth Grund / TV Sales / Autlook Sales / Austria
Djani Hasečić / Head of Revisioning/Programme Department / Al Jazeera Balkans / Bosnia and Herzegovina
Darya Bassel / Programmer, Head of Industry Platform / DocyDays UA / Ukraine
Jovica Tojagić / Documentary Program Head of Acquisition and Selection / Radio-Television of Vojvodina – RTV / Serbia
Lejla Dedić / Programme Producer / Al Jazeera Balkans / Bosnia and Herzegovina
Maja Jelisić Cooper / Co-founder, CEO / Klasik TV / Croatia
Marek Hovorka / Director / Jihlava IDFF / Czech Republic
Mette Bjerregaard / Programme & Sales Manager / DR Sales / Denmark
Mira Vocinkic / Head of Foreign Programme Acquisitions / HRT – Croatian Radiotelevision / Croatia
Moritz Bonatti / Producer / Helios Sustainable Films / Italy
Nevena Milašinović / Co-founder / Sales & Acquisition Executive / Sweet Spot Docs / Switzerland
Neraida Cukali / Editor-in-Chief of Movie and Docu channel / RTSH – Albania Radio-Television / Albania
Patrizia Mancini / International Development Executive / Sunny Side of the Doc / France
Sead Kreševljaković / Creative and Commissioning Producer / Al Jazeera Balkans / Bosnia and Herzegovina
Elevation / Висота
Logline A story of a ski jumper who does not know how to land.
Synopsis Vasyl is a professional ski jumper. After six years of his active career, he had an injury. Vasyl became a professional trainer and now has a unique approach to children he works with. He teaches them to cope with fear and self-doubt. The conditions of the available equipment and ski jumping hill, in the sports school, are far from ideal. Vasyl is fighting with the reality he is trapped in. He is a restless dreamer and this makes him the main antagonist of himself.
Director’s biography Max Rudenko was born in Mykolayiv, Ukraine in 1975. In 2009, he graduated from the School of Cinema and Television, where he studied Documentary Film Directing (in the workshop of Marina Razbiezhkina). He continued to study at the Gerasimov State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), the Cinematography Department (class of Igor Klebanov), and graduated in 2015. After graduation, he returned to Ukraine and worked as a film director and cinematographer.
Director/Producer Max Rudenko
Co-producer Melinda Boros, Maria Krauss
Creative producer Ksenia Gapchenko
Expected duration 90’
Shooting format 2K
Expected delivery March 2022
Budget 244,620 EUR
Production company PARADOX Film
Co-production company Peripatos Film Srl, PLESNAR & KRAUSS FILMS
Contact Max Rudenko (email@example.com)
The Elf’s Tower / Elfova vezha
Logline For some in a mental hospital being on stage is being alive.
Synopsis Those who happen to get into a mental health institution strive to leave it as soon as possible. Having come here, Serhiy not only stays there – he starts his own theatre. Patients and amateur teens work together at staging the play written by one of the patients, called ‘The Elf’s Tower’. Serhiy is an elf from a metaphoric tale – he saw there not just patients, not mentally challenged people, but unique, special persons. He rip them out of the cage of prejudice. But is it easy to be an elf in real life?
Director’s biography Graduated from Kyiv National I.K.Karpenko-Kary Theatre,Cinema and TV University as a film director in 2010. Works with feature and documentary projects. Polina Kelm played as an actress in the film by Alexander Balagura ‘Lifespan Of The Object In Frame’ (special mention at the FIDMarseille) in 2012.Her documentary ‘Positive’ was made with support of The Ukrainian State Film Agency in 2014.
Director / Scriptwriter Polina Kelm
Producers Gennady Kofman, Miroslaw Dembinski, Olga Beskhmelnitsyna
Expected duration 120’
Shooting Format HD
Premiere November 2020
Language Russian, Ukrainian
Budget 169,383 EUR
Production company Magika Film
Co-production company Film Studio Everest
Contact Gennady Kofman (firstname.lastname@example.org), Olga Beskhmelnitsyna (email@example.com)
Funk Yu / Funk Yu
Logline A DJ wannabe’s epic journey into the vinyl-digging culture of former Yugoslavia.
Synopsis Franko is trying to find a specific record – the single of Ulica Jorgovana, since, as one of Franko’s interviewees, DJ D-GREE, explains, the B-side has a song that is the quintessential example of Yugo-funk. Franko is certain that without this record there is no film, since it is so important in terms of music and collecting. As the Narrator/Jerko gloats, Franko is expanding his search to distant countries and he meets various interesting characters along the way.
Director’s biography Franko Dujmić is a young author born in 1990 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He holds a BA in film editing and MA in animated film from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2010, he has been a member of Kinoklub Zagreb and a member of the Croatian Society of Filmworkers from 2016. He enjoys writing films, making films, watching them and having an opinion about them. Franko also considers himself a professional music connoisseur.
Director Franko Dujmić
Producer Tamara Babun
Co-Producers Miha Čelar, Andrijana Sofranić
Expected duration 70‘
Shooting format 2K video
Expected Delivery January 2021
Language Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Macedonian, Dutch, English
Budget 234.520 EUR
Production company Wolfgang i Dolly
Co-production companies Astral Film, Nana 143
Contact Tamara Babun (firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com)
Landing / Landing
Logline My father is a pilot in Africa. It’s been 15 years and I’m still wondering if he’ll ever come home.
Synopsis Looking to reconnect with my estranged father, a former Aeroflot pilot nowadays flying cargo in Africa, I embark on a journey from Moldova to South Sudan to explore the meaning of family and the collective post-Soviet trauma that turned parental absence and mass-emigration into my country’s foremost issues. “Landing” combines domestic conversations with my family, my father’s amateur footage, the long-distance communication between him and me, archival home-videos and present-day footage.
Director’s biography Ksenia graduated with a BA in Film & Theater Studies at FU Berlin before adding a BA in Film Directing (Film University Babelsberg) to her education. Her experience in the film industry includes participation in numerous workshops (BDC Discoveries, B2B Doc Workshops, MOLDOX Lab, EAST WEST Talent Lab) and pitching forae as well as working for film festivals (EFM, FilmFestival Cottbus). With her directorial debut-in-progress LANDING, she has received awards like the goEast Development Award, a Crossing Borders Grant and maecenia Foundation Grant among others. Additionally, she’s also working on the short LETTER FROM KHARTOUM and producing the documentary ZAHARIA PROJECT.
Director Ksenia Ciuvaseva
Producer Natalia Imaz
Co-producers Mihajlo Jevtić
Expected duration 90′
Expected delivery November 2021
Language Russian, Romanian, English
Budget 205,800 EUR
Production company Parabellum film
Co-production company Film the World
Contact Natalia Imaz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A stage / Scena
Logline How to stage a revolution?
Synopsis Tbilisi, Georgia, 2001. Poverty and crime are devastating country; power cuts and water shortage are daily issues. A severe political regime is in power. A lead journalist is murdered, while the only private channel is literally bombed. In these circumstances a private political theatre, right in front of the government building. The first show is about social issues and politicians are mentioned as thieves. The second show is a censored play about young boys murdered after President’s order.
Director’s biography George Varsimashvili is a Georgian writer and director born in Tbilisi in 1986. After graduating university in Georgia, he went to study filmmaking in Paris 8 university (bachelor’s and master’s degree) and ESRA Paris film school. During his studies he made a dozen of short films, which traveled on different film festivals. He shot his graduation feature film “Particulier a Particulier” in 2012. Although film was only a graduation movie, it was still released in film theatres in France, Russia and Georgia. In 2019 he was invited by Bela Tarr to direct a short film in Switzerland, which was premiered at Locarno film festival in 2019.
Director George Varsimashvili
Producer George Varsimashvili
Expected duration 85’
Shooting format Various formats
Expected Delivery September 2020
Budget 22,725 EUR
Production company Vars-studio
Contact George Varsimashvili (email@example.com)
Sunny / Mziuri
Logline Sunny is a journey of a social researcher from door to door, family to family, behind closed doors.
Synopsis Sunny is a documentary film that revolves around an interviewer, a former teacher who now earns living by conducting interviews for social research organizations. The interviewer’s work is both interesting and extremely demanding, not only physically but emotionally as well. Social research, specifically public polls, can be considered as an opportunity for bringing people’s voices to different stakeholders, though currently it is often misunderstood and misinterpreted.
Director’s biography Keti Machavariani graduated from Tbilisi State University’s faculty of Art in 1995, and continued her studies at the State University of Film and Theatre’s faculty of Cinema – specializing in Film Direction – from which she graduated in 2002. Between 2005 and 2006 – with the help of a scholarship of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – she undertook a practical course with the Italian State television broadcaster RAI.
Director Keti Machavariani
Producer Nato Sikharulidze
Co-producer Tsisana Khundadze
Expected duration 60’
Shooting format HD
Expected Delivery August 2021
Budget 60,000 EUR
Production company Terra Incognita Films
Co-production company Sunny Films
Contact Nato Sikharulidze (firstname.lastname@example.org; ke), Keti Machavariani (Kinoke@gmail.com)
SPARKS IN TIME – Worldwide computer adventure / ISKRE V ČASU – Svetovni računalski podvig
Logline The vertiginous rise and fall of the Slovene informational technology giant.
Synopsis Janez Škrubej is convinced that the last battle for the informational technology of the cold war was being fought in Slovenia. Nowadays, this idea makes most people smile. The documentary uncovers the background of this war. It is the “history” of personal computing, something that – together with tablets and smartphones – increasingly influences our everyday lives. The main protagonist of the documentary is Janez Škrubej, the only managing director of Iskra Delta Computers.
Director’s biography Jurij Gruden was born in 1975 in Trieste, Italy. In 1996 he entered the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, and Television in Ljubljana, Slovenia and graduated in film and television direction. He currently works on documentary project Behind The Digital Curtain (in postproduction) and documentary project From Sevnica to the White House (in production).
Director Jurij Gruden
Producer Ida Weiss
Co-producers Andraž Poeschl, Tanja Gruden
Shooting format 2K
Expected duration 85 min
Expected Delivery July 2020
LanguageSlovenian, Croatian, English, Chinese
Production company RTV Slovenija
Co-production company AVI Film
Contact Ida Weiss (email@example.com)
Tales of a Toy Horse / Kazka pro Konyka
Logline It’s so easy to be dark. How we can not to be?
Synopsis The film follows a monk Anatoli who many years ago gave a vow to find something good in every day. He lives a peaceful life in Tallinn but when the war breaks out in Ukraine, as an ethnic Ukrainian, he feels he has to do something to help the people in need there. Since 2014 Anatoli has been traveling to Donbas, damaged by war, to deliver humanitarian aid. Keeping his old vow, he also makes a manuscript book about life in the warzone, based on the stories about people and nature he documented.
Director’s biography Director, producer, social activist and traveler Ulyana Osovska was born in Ukraine. She graduated in International economics from Kyiv National Economic University. Ulyana debuted as a director in 2015 with the short documentary „Election Agent“. Her full-length documentary debut „Almost 10,000 Voters“ held a World Premiere at the 33rd Warsaw Film Festival (2017). At Rivne IFF “Dream city” (UA) this movie received “Best national feature-length film” award.
Directors Ulyana Osovska, Denis Strashny
Producers Denis Strashny, Ulyana Osovska
Co-producer Ülo Pikkov
Expected duration 72′ / 52′
Shooting format 4K, digital
Expected Delivery January 2021
Language Ukrainian, Estonian, Russian
Budget 135,000 EUR
Production company Docutoloka
Co-production company Silmviburlane
Contact Denis Strashny, Ulyana Osovska (firstname.lastname@example.org)