Sarajevo Film Festival 2024

Baltic Sea Docs announces 26 selected projects for 2024 edition

The leading documentary pitching event in the Baltic countries, Baltic Sea Docs, has finalised its project selection for the 28th edition, set for Riga from 1-6 September 2024. This year, 22 projects in development and production, along with four post-production projects in the «Coming Soon» session, were selected.

The 26 projects hail from 17 countries, including Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Georgia. They cover diverse topics such as the Ukraine invasion, environmental issues, societal explorations, strong character studies, and aspects of popular culture.

Before pitching, new project teams will attend a workshop led by experts, including documentary consultant Tue Steen Müller, developer Mikael Opstrup, marketing strategist Paul Rieth, directors Giedrė Beinoriūtė and Kumjana Novakova, and editor Phil Jandaly.

Special events by CE MEDIA Desk include Paul Rieth’s workshop, «Tools for Documentary Audience Reach: AI and Beyond,» and a session with Basil Tsiokos from Sundance Film Institute on maximising festival success.

Alongside industry activities, recent international documentaries will be screened in Riga and nearby towns from 3-8 September.

A complete list of the selected projects:

  • 80 Angry Journalists (dir. András Földes, Anna Kis) – Hungary / Germany
  • Acting Classes (wt) (dir. Sasha Shegai) – Kazakhstan
  • Baltic (dir. Iga Lis) – Poland
  • Chasing Gold in the Dark (dir. Andrius Lekavičius) – Lithuania
  • Between Borders (dir. Erik Tikan) – Estonia
  • Double Self Portrait (dir. Aistė Stonytė) – Lithuania
  • Edge Of The Night (dir. Vladimir Loginov) – Estonia
  • El Dorado (dir. Rati Oneli) – Georgia
  • Emptiness (dir. Viesturs Kairišs) – Latvia / Romania
  • Entr’actes (dir. Yuriy Shylov) – Ukraine
  • Faithful unto Death (dir. Ivars Zviedris) – Latvia
  • Leave Easy Come Back Safe (dir. Sasha Kulak, Masha Maroz) – Germany
  • Making Friends with the Idea of a Father (dir. Nikolay Stefanov) – Bulgaria
  • No Death (dir. Yevhen Titarenko) – Ukraine / Latvia
  • Odyssey MD (dir. Pavel Braila) – Moldova / Lithuania
  • Sacred Songs (dir. Nona Giunashvili) – Georgia
  • Serozhik (dir. Lusine Papoyan) – Armenia
  • Ship of Dreams (dir. Johan von Sydow) – Sweden
  • Silent Hill (dir. Kullar Viimne) – Estonia
  • Sky Nomads (dir. Aytaj Khalig Suleymanova) – Azerbaijan
  • The Red Barn (dir. Pēteris Krilovs) – Latvia
  • The Story of the Wild Rose (dir. Kristen Aigro, Miguel Llansó) – Estonia

The projects at the BSD «Coming Soon» section:

  • Becoming Roosi (dir. Margit Lillak) – Estonia
  • Dedovshina (dir. Elyor Nematov) – Tajikistan / Uzbekistan
  • Nord Express (dir. Kārlis Lesiņš) – Latvia / Estonia / Poland / Germany
  • Scarecrows (dir. Laila Pakalniņa) – Latvia / Lithuania

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