23rd BALTIC SEA FORUM FOR DOCUMENTARIES
Riga, Latvia, September 3 – 7, 2019

Public Pitching Sessions September 6 – 7, 2019
Pitching Training Workshop September 3 – 5, 2019
CE MEDIA Workshop dedicated to the Impact Distribution Strategy September 4, 2019
Forum Description The National Film Centre of Latvia organizes the 23rd Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (Baltic Sea Docs). The aim of the Forum is to create a platform where documentary producers pitch their latest projects to a number of commissioning editors from the Baltic and international television channels, sales agents and film funds.
Decision makers of BSD 2018 Agnieszka Balicka-Domanska, TVP, Poland
Aleksandar Govedarica / Syndicado, Canada
Aleksandra Derewienko/ CATS & DOCS, France
Alex Shiriaieff, B2B DOC, Sweden
Erkko Lyytinen, YLE, Finland
Gitte Hansen, First Hand Films, Switzerland
Jutta Krug, WDR, Germany
Katerina Ondrejkova, CT, Czech Republic
Kenan Aliyev, Current Time, USA
Lars Säfström, SVT, Sweden
Mandy Chang, BBC Storyville & Factual Acquisitions, UK
Marje Tõemäe/ ERR, Estonia
Natalia Arshavskaya, Current Time TV, USA
Silke Heinz, MDR, Germany
Vikija Valdmane-Rozenberga, LTV, Latvia
Yoshihiko Ichiya, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan

More info: here

Award One project will be awarded a prize – an online mentoring by an editor for one year (up to 3 sessions). The project will be selected by the decision makers and tutors.
Who can apply ·         Independent production companies from the wider Baltic Sea Region countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden)
·         Independent production companies from developing democracies of the former socialist countries of Europe;
·         Independent production companies from other European countries if the documentary subject relates to the wider Baltic Sea Region or former Soviet Union.
What kind of projects Producers may enter up to 3 feature length projects each. Apart from traditional documentaries the BSD also provides a platform for cross media projects and documentary animations. One project may be sent in for selection up to 3 times. Projects pitched in the previous editions are ineligible. Priority is given to projects having some financial commitment from broadcasters or film institutions. Projects by first time filmmakers are also eligible.
Application Deadline Sunday, June 9, 2019
Application Documents (must be submitted in English) The on-line Application Form, including:

·         short description of the production company, producer and director (max 150 words each),
·         long synopsis of the project (max 350 words),
·         one print quality photo representing the project and the producer and other filmmakers pitching the project,
·         a link to the trailer/visual material of the current project.

Click here to access the Submission form!

Catalogue A project catalogue will be produced and distributed to the commissioning editors prior to the pitching sessions containing one-page description of the production company, producer and director, one-page synopsis of the project, a photo representing project and photos of the filmmakers pitching the project.
Contact Details for Application The application forms are available online at balticseadocs.lv. For any further enquiries, you are very welcome to write to us on balticforum@nkc.gov.lv or call +371 6735 8858.
Selection Selection of projects will be made by July 12, 2019. Immediately after the decision is made, producers will receive the results via e-mail. The main criterion of the selection will be the international potential of the project entered. The decisions of the Selection Committee will be final.
Conditions for Participation Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. There is no participation fee. The support for accommodation costs of the producers with selected projects is subject to further agreement between the film institutions of all 3 countries.

Other countries. There is no participation fee. The producers with the selected project cover their travel and accommodation costs themselves.

Observers Producers may attend BSD as observers without pitching a project, registering by August 12, 2019 via email: balticforum@nkc.gov.lv.
Pitching Subject to overall considerations of time, each project may be pitched for 7 minutes, with further time for discussion at the discretion of the moderators. Please, note that the pitch has to be supported with video clips of the project. The presentation of the project should be done in English.
Individual Meetings In the afternoon of the pitching day (Friday and Saturday) the project representatives will have the chance to meet interested decision makers (20 min. per meeting).The meetings will be booked by BSD staff based on the interest received from the decision makers.
Workshops  A Pitching Training Workshop will be organized from September 3 to 5. The pitchers will work intensively on improving their project presentation with the aid of 7 international tutors with extensive industry experience, lead by Mikael Opstrup, Head of Studies, EDN. In addition to this a professional editor will give advice on the structure of trailers and editing equipment will be available for making changes if necessary. We strongly advise to take part in the workshop, as its usefulness has been proven over the years.

TUTORS, BSD 2018

Mikael Opstrup, Head of Studies, EDN, Denmark
Tue Steen Müller, Documentary Consultant & Critic, Denmark
Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado, Canada
Alexander Nanau, Film Director, Producer, DOP, Editor, Romania
Marje Tõemäe, ERR, Estonia
Anna Wydra, Otter Films, Producer, Poland
Phil Jandaly, Film Editor, Sweden

More info: here

A CE MEDIA workshop dedicated to the Impact Distribution Strategy for Documentaries with the aim to help filmmakers to define the strategic goals for their films, to be inventive in audience engagement and to raise awareness in the society about issues tackled by documentaries will be organized in the afternoon of Wednesday, September 4. The working language of the workshops will be English. More detailed information on the workshops at balticforum@nkc.gov.lv.

Film Programme Parallel to the Baltic Sea Forum, a programme of selected documentary films will be screened at the cinema K.Suns from September 3 – 8, 2019.
All Deadlines June 9, 2019 – project submission
July 12, 2019 – announcement of selected projects
August 12, 2019 – observer registration
We look forward to receiving your projects and wish you good luck!