Beldocs Industry events will begin with public seminar of «Beldocs Documentaries for Kids & Youth. Documentary filmmakers», representatives of TV channels, representatives of film centres and festivals will engage in discussions on how to reach younger audiences and will listen to opinions of Beldocs Teen jury members who will join the seminar with their contributions.
Beldocs Academy, a 3-day training session for the second year in the row will focus on VR/AR. Participants from Croatia, Latvia, Moldova and Serbia will work on the development of their immersive content projects, attend lectures and masterclasses by industry professionals and pitch their projects to an international jury.
Industry panels will focus on changes in audience behaviour and new ways of watching films and sales and distribution strategies to address those changes. A special event will be organized with two esteemed guests of the festival – the Russian director and Artdocfest founder Vitaly Mansky and Serbian director and Golden Bear winner Želimir Žilnik, entitled «A conversation between Vitaly Mansky and Želimir Žilnik: Documentary Cinema – A Mirror or A Magnifying Glass?»
Young and experienced documentary filmmakers coming from Western Balkan countries and a wider geographical region from Baltic States to Ukraine and Georgia will participate in Beldocs in Progress and Serbian Docs in Progress pitching sessions. The participants of Beldocs in Progress (10 projects) and Serbian Docs in Progress (5 projects) will present their projects in various stages, from development to post-production, to an international audience and compete for numerous prizes, including monetary awards granted by Beldocs IDFF and awards presented by the festival’s partners.