Beldocs Documentaries Kids & Youth initiative organised by Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival (Belgrade, Serbia) in collaboration with M:Brane forum (Sweden) focuses on documentaries for younger audience. It is comprised of an open seminar day and a workshop dedicated to development of participating projects.
The first day is a seminar intended as inspiration for creators, funders, broadcasters, distributors and curators of documentaries. The aim is to inspire, encourage and motivate all sides of the documentary sector to strengthen the quality of documentaries for younger audiences, not only in terms of the content but also in the ways of engaging and reaching this audience segment. The second day of the initiative is intended to have a more intimate setting with the project teams of six selected projects currently in development. All projects have a focus on younger audiences as their target. The goal is to strengthen the quality of concrete projects and provide the teams with the best possible route for international funding and distribution. The long-term goal is to educate leading creators from the region to better navigate the international market for kids and youth documentaries.
Ove Rishøj Jensen, main tutor is a documentary consultant, producer and outreach manager. Working in the international documentary sector since 2003, Ove Rishøj Jensen has an extensive network within the industry. In addition to producing and co-producing films, he gives lectures and run workshops about script writing, project development, international financing, co-production, impact, outreach and distribution. Since 2011 Ove has worked for the Swedish production company Auto Images as Producer and Outreach Manager. Alongside this, Ove launched in 2019 his own company for documentary training and consultancy, entitled Paradiddle Pictures. Here he collaborates with partners like IDFA, Fresh Pitch China, Dix in Vitro, Mediterranean Film Institute, Nordisk Panorama and many others. From 2003 to 2019 Ove worked for EDN – European Documentary Network. He has a master’s degree in film studies, with additional studying of cultural journalism and humanistic computer informatics.
Lennart Ström, workshop tutor is Director of M:brane forum and in charge of the whole event in Malmö. He is the point-of-connection for decision makers and responsible for the contact with financiers and collaborators. Lennart Ström has has a background as producer with over 30 films and a long-time experience as Film Festival Director. He has been board member in different organisations connected to the audio-visual industry.