Beldocs Industry Days 2023
Industry - 17.04.2023.
Beldocs Industry Days 2023 is dedicated to encouraging new contacts, collaborations, and co-productions among film professionals from Western Balkan countries, Baltic States, Post-Soviet Media, South Caucasus countries, and Western Europe in order to further the distribution of European audiovisual works. Beldocs Industry Days 2023 will feature training and project development workshops for young talents, public presentations of documentary film projects at the Beldocs Pitching Forum, panels, masterclasses, and matchmaking sessions, as well as the operation of the Beldocs Market video library, to achieve this goal.
At the Beldocs Pitching Forum 18 documentary film projects in various stages, from development to post-production, will be presented to a group of international industry representatives – TV channels, festivals, sales agents and distribution companies.
We are very excited to announce a partnership with Forgrade Post-production studio which will give a Post-Production Award to one of Docs in Progress projects. This award includes a package of services that will allow the filmmakers to finish the film.
Al Jazeera Balkans will give the main prize of 2,000 euro for the best pitch. The other awards include the Networking award of Thessaloniki IDFF Networking Award, East Silver Caravan award provided by Institute of Documentary film, Documentary Association of Europe Encouragement award and PitchtheDoc platform award.
SELECTED PROJECTS 2023
DOCS IN DEVELOPMENT
Color In My Eye, Director Dragana Latinović; Producer Duška Latas; Zid Production; Serbia
Divia, Director Dmytro Hreshko; Producer Polina Herman; UP UA STUDIO; Ukraine
Here, Between This Sea And Those Mountains, Director Keti Machavariani; Producer Irina Gelashvili, Radium Films; Georgia
Hole, Director Danilo Stanimirović; Producer Nikola Spasić, Rezon; Serbia
Hvar League, Director Emina Kujundžić; Producer Haris Kozarić, Studio Switch; Croatia
I Made a Mistake Coming Here, Director Kseniya Halubovich; Producers Louis Beaudemont and Paata Godziashvili, Les Steppes Productions; Georgia
Little Red Riding Hood, Director Parvana Guliyeva; Azerbaijan
Punk under Communist Regime, Director Andrej Košak; Producer Zoran Dževerdanović, Blade Production; Slovenia
Shakespeare Goes Armenian
Where do Butterflies Sleep, Director Simona Jerala; Slovenia
DOCS IN PROGRESS
At The Door of the House Who Will Come Knocking, Director Maja Novaković; Producers Sarah D’hanens; Maja Novaković, Cineseedlings; Serbia
The Big Stone, Director Mariam Khatchvani; Producers Teimuraz Chkhvimiani and Vladimer Katcharava, Svaneti Film Studio; Georgia
Bitter Sugar, Director Ana Barjadze; Producer Irina Gelashvili, Radium Films; Georgia
Exchange or How I Survived Puberty, Director Nikola Polić; Producer Nikola Polić, Kino radionica; Serbia
Fatherland: A Monument to Freedom, Director Elena Chemerska; Producer Ivana Shekutkoska, Cinema Futura; North Macedonia
Heart Don’t Be Afraid, Director Ana Kvichidze; Producer Mariam Bitsadze; Georgia
Pozerskis: In Focus, Director Joris Skudra; Producer Justė Michailinaitė, Broom Films; Lithuania
Zinema (The Ordinary Ruscism), Director Kornii Hrytsiuk; Producer Yevgeniya Kriegsheim; THURSDAY; Ukraine
In addition to the Beldocs Pitching Forum, we hold the Producers Meet Producers networking event, where participants, guest and local producers can talk about various filmmaking topics.
The workshop efforts at Beldocs are focused on visual and film projects in development.
First, there is Beldocs XR Academy, which focuses on virtual reality and augmented reality projects. The intense 3 days program offers space for creativity, knowledge transfer and networking with the goal to offer to the participant a fruitful and enriching learning experience.
SELECTED XR ACADEMY PROJECTS 2023
I Am a Cavern of Blood in the Shape of a Mind, Director Gaia Radić, Croatia
Paradise Lost, Director Yolanda Markopoulou, Greece
Neuroart, Director Marija Stojnić, Serbia
Sonic Landscapes, Director Julija Castellucci, North Macedonia
We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Dok Leipzig International Film Festival. One project will be awarded Dok Leipzig XR Award – free accreditation to DOK Leipzig and access to DOK Exchange, the XR conference and showcase.
The second workshop is a fresh new initiative that expands collaboration between Beldocs and AJB DOC. Balkan Young Talents is a program that focuses on promising young filmmakers from the Western Balkans. Participants will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors and mentors on their short documentary films.
First generation of BALKAN YOUNG TALENTS 2023
Alma Cocaj, 25 year old, Kosovo*
Ines Ezgeta, 28 year old, Serbia
Katarina Majcen, 28 year old, Slovenia
Marija Percinovska, 21 year old, North Macedonia
Enis Prijić, 18 year old, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Katarina Radmilović, 18 year old, Serbia
Jovana Stjepanović, 19 year old, Serbia
Leonid Velkovski, 19 year old, North Macedonia
We offer a number of industry panels and masterclasses with an emphasis on independent movie theaters and documentary film curating as part of the Beldocs Market, which this year will bring together over 100 guests, both filmmakers and industry representatives.
This year’s main themes include film curation, the value of film reviews, and the survival of independent cinema theaters. Every year, more exceptional documentary films are produced, raising the question of what criteria determine which ones make it to the big screen. Finally, three masterclasses will be held by renowned film directors – Travis Wilkerson, Viera Čákanyová, Nicole Foelsterl and Marte Roel Lesur, as well as Angelika Ramlow from Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art.
Beldocs Industry Days 2023 programs are supported by the European Union through Creative Europe MEDIA.
*All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo