Baltic Sea Docs 2022 announces call for projects

    Baltic Sea Docs Pitch 2022 Baltic Sea Docs Pitch 2022 photo: Gints Ivuskans

    Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (BSD) is the most important documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries, taking place in Riga, Latvia. The 26th edition is scheduled to take place in Riga from 5 – 11 September 2022. The call for projects is open now and will close on 10 June

    Baltic Sea Docs is looking for applications from independent production companies from the wider Baltic Sea region countries, Eastern Europe and Caucasus region, and from other countries if the documentary subject relates to the region. However, as a response to the war Russia is waging in Ukraine, the amendments have been made to eligible countries this year. The projects from production companies based in Russia and Belarus, as well as those thematically focusing on both countries will not be eligible in the 2022 edition.

    The main focus of the Forum is on full-length creative documentary projects, but cross-media applications are also welcome to apply. The international selection committee will select 18 projects to be pitched for the international broadcasters, sales agents, film funds and other industry representatives.

    Participation at Baltic Sea Docs is free of charge. The selection results will be announced by 11 July. Guidelines and application form is accessible on the Baltic Sea Docs website.

    In its 25 years, the Forum has provided a significant platform for new and experienced voices in documentary filmmaking. Among the completed films presented as projects in the previous editions of the Forum are such films as How to Save a Dead Friend (directed by Marusya Syroechkovskaya, 2022, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany), Outside (directed Olha Zhurba, 2022, Ukraine, Denmark, Netherlands), Courage (directed Aliaksei Paluyan, 2021, Germany), The Jump (directed by Giedrė Žickytė, 2020, Lithuania, Latvia, France), My Favorite War (directed by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen, 2020, Norway, Latvia), and many others.

    The Forum is organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia, with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and State Culture Capital Foundation. In parallel to the industry activities, Baltic Sea Docs is presenting a film program of recent documentaries. A special focus of the film program this year will be on Ukrainian cinema.

    For further information, please contact:
    Zane Balčus
    Project Manager
    Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries
    Phone + 371 26054287
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