DOCU Rough Cut Boutique call for proposals 2019

New edition, new structure of the workshop

Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Center proudly announce the call for proposals for the DOCU ROUGH CUT BOUTIQUE, with a new structure expanding further with modules in Budapest, Sofia and Sarajevo.

In 2011, Docu Rough Cut Boutique was created by Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Center as a response to the lack of visibility and distribution of films from South East Europe and the Caucasus and the low access to training and financial opportunities for filmmakers. Eight years later, Docu Rough Cut Boutique positioned itself as a major regional program dedicated to documentary projects in the final phases of the editing process. A year 2019 marks a new project’s chapter as the workshop will be organized in three modules. A new setting brings a greater opportunity to our participants to explore their creative possibilities and to have longer, more in-depth mentoring process. The new structure was also recognized by Creative Europe Media, who

The workshop progamme includes editing tutorials, group sessions and individual meetings with renowned documentary experts and professionals. The programme culminates at the Sarajevo Film Festival where participants will present their projects to the CineLink Industry Days guests and have many networking possibilities.

Some of the mentors over the years have been: NOEMI SCHORY (Israel) , THOMAS ERNST (Hungary) , Ilian Metev (Bulgaria),  MAYA HAWKE (USA/UK), CATHERINE LE CLEF (France), HANKA KASTELICOVÁ (Czech Republic), Stefano Tealdi (Italy), CAROL DYSINGER (USA), CECILIA LIDIN (Denmark), John Appel (Netherlands),  Ivo Trajkov (Macedonia/Czech Republic).

Notable alumni: SRBENKA ( dir. Nebojsa Slipevoic, world premiere: Vision du Reel 2018, EFA shortlist for best documentary,  THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING (dir. Mila Turajlic, IDFA award for best documentary), CITY OF THE SUN (dir. Rati Oneli, premiere: Berlinale Forum 2017, Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary Film) , TOTO AND HIS SISTERS ( dir. Alexander Nanau, Nomination European Film Awards (EFA) for Best Documentary), SOFIA LAST AMBULANCE (dir. Ilian Metev, world premiere: 51st International Critics’ Week Cannes Film Festival)

Project Submission Deadline: 01 February 2019
Announcements of results: 21st February 2019
Module Budapest: end of March 2019
Module Sofia: end of June 2019
Module Sarajevo: mid-August 2019

Eligible countries*:
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia.

*Please, read carefully. From 2019 onwards there is a new set of eligible countries.

Our long-time partners will continue supporting us with the following awards:
Digital Cube, Romania - 20 000 EUR in-kind post production service
IDFA award – invitation to IDFA, presentation of the project to experts in Amsterdam
Cat and Docs - 2000 EUR in cash
HBO Europe - 2000 EUR in cash
DOK Preview - invitation to DOK Leipzig and presentation of the project


The fee per team* amounts to 1000 euro and for all three modules covers:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation and subsistence
  • Partial Travel bursaries

*A Team consist of director and editor. The producer could also attend if he/she covers the additional subsistence expenses. Scholarships are available based on financial merits after the selection process has been completed.

In order to apply, please click here.

After registration, send an online preview of the project with password to both emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The rough cuts have to be 60-100 min length with English subtitles.

Official language of the workshop is English. Applicants must be able to communicate freely in English in order to participate.  

We are looking forward to receiving your projects!

If you have any questions, please contact:
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