18 film project representing 17 countries will participate in-person (Riga) and online in the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries between 1 – 12 September, 2021.
Presented in a hybrid format, first a three day workshop will take place aimed at enhancing the participants’ presentations prior to the upcoming pitching sessions. The training will be led by seven tutors: the documentary film consultants Tue Steen Müller and Mikael Opstrup (Denmark), Salomé Jashi (Georgia), director of Taming the Garden (2021) and The Dazzling Light of Sunset (2016), documentary expert Gitte Hansen (Switzerland), film editor Phil Jandaly (Sweden), producer, director and head of programmes at Estonian Television Marje Tõemäe (Estonia), and film director and scriptwriter Dāvis Sīmanis (Latvia). The pitching sessions themselves will take place online on 8 September and will feature representatives from from TV channels, sales and distribution companies, film funds and industry events.
The 25th Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries will also feature two mnasterclasses on 6 September with by the Lithuanian producer Dagne Vildžūnaite and Latvian film director Laila Pakalniņa. The industry programme will also feature a seminar on film distribution while the traditional methods are blocked, focusing on how and why this hurts documentaries on 7 September.
Find more information and the complete Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries programme including Artfocfest programme, peripheral screenings, and more – HERE