24th BALTIC SEA FORUM FOR DOCUMENTARIES
Riga, Latvia

NEW ONLINE INDUSTRY DATES: 29 August – 4 September

NB! It comes as no suprise that also we have taken the decision to move the Baltic Sea Docs industry activities online. This has affected the previously announced dates – the workshop will be spread out over a longer period of time and focus more on individual work with tutors, but the pitching session is moved one day earlier in the week. Please see all the new dates in the guidelines. We hope this will not refrain you from applying and taking part in the Baltic Sea Docs 2020.

Public Pitching Sessions 3 – 4 September 2020
Pitching Training Workshop 29 August – 2 September 2020
CE MEDIA Workshop on docuseries 2 September 2020
Forum Description An international pitching forum focused on feature length creative documentary projects from the Baltic Sea region, Eastern Europe and Caucasus region. The event consists of preparatory workshop for 25 selected projects, pitching sessions and individual meetings, as well as seminars and a film programme. It is the only pitching forum in the Baltic region focused only on documentaries. It was established in 1997, and its organizer is National Film Centre of Latvia.
Decision makers of BSD 2019 Agne Biliunaite, LRT, Lithuania
Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado, Canada
Aleksandra Derewienko, CATS & DOCS, France
Anas Khelawy, Al Jazeera, Qatar
Christa Auderlitzky, filmdelights, Austria
Gitte Hansen, First Hand Films, Switzerland
Hidetoshi Nakamoto, NHK, Japan
Isabel Arrate Fernandez, IDFA Bertha Fund, the Netherlands
Jo Lapping, BBC, UK
Jenny Westergaard, YLE, Finland
Karlo Funk, ERR, Estonia
Lars Säfström, SVT, Sweden
Liene Kalnaella, LTV, Latvia
Margit Balogh, EOdocs, the Netherlands
Marketa Stinglova, CT, Czech Republic
Neraida Cukali, Albanian Public TV, Albania
Sergei Trofimov, Current Time TV, USA
Tijana Djukic, Taskovski Films, UK
Ulrich Brochhagen, MDR, GermanyMore info: here
Awards TBA
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 Eastern Europe and Caucasus region;
· Independent production companies from other European countries if the documentary subject relates to the wider Baltic Sea Region or Eastern Europe.
What kind of projects Producers may enter up to 3 projects each. Apart from feature length creative documentaries the BSD also provides a platform for cross media projects and documentary animations. One project may be submitted for selection for 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, however it is not essential for being selected. Projects by first time filmmakers are also welcome and eligible.
Application Deadline NEW DEADLINE: 15 June 2020 (extended from 8 June)
Application process Fill in an online Application Form (while filling out the form, we suggest to save it regularly to ensure that the information is stored properly), providing following (in English):
· short description of the production company, producer and director (max 150 words each),
· long synopsis of the project (max 350 words),
· print quality photo representing the project, the producer and other filmmakers pitching the project,
· a link to the trailer/visual material of the current project.
Application and participation fee There is no application and participation fee
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.

The project information will be made available on the platform Pitch the Doc, BSD’s partner from 2020, upon prior consent from the project representatives.

Contact Details for Application The link to application form is available online at balticseadocs.lv. For any further enquiries, you are very welcome to contact us at balticforum@nkc.gov.lv or call +371 6735 8858.
Selection Selection of projects made by an international Selection Committee will be announced by 10 July 2020, and the producers will be notified about 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.
Observers Producers may attend BSD as observers without pitching a project, filling in an online Application form by 10 August 2020.
Pitching Each project has 7 minutes for pitching, with further time for discussion. The pitch has to be supported with a trailer. 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 one-on-one meetings with the 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 29 August – 2 September. The pitchers will work intensively on their project presentation with the aid of 9 international tutors with extensive industry experience lead by documentary consultants Mikael Opstrup and Tue Steen Müller. 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 2019
 
Mikael Opstrup, Documentary Consultant, Denmark
Tue Steen Müller, Documentary Consultant & Critic, Denmark
Anna Eborn, Film director, Sweden
Alex Szalat, Head of Docs Up Fund, France
Mandy Chang, BBC Storyville & Factual Acquisitions, UK
Natalia Arshavskaya, Current Time TV, USA
Phil Jandaly, Film Editor, Sweden

More info: here

A CE MEDIA workshop dedicated to the documentary series will be organized in the afternoon of Wednesday, 2 September.

Film Programme Parallel to the Baltic Sea Forum industry activities, a programme of selected documentary films will be screened from 1 – 6 September 2020.
All Deadlines 15 June 2020 – project submission
10 July 2020 – announcement of selected projects
10 August 2020
– observer registration
We look forward to receiving your projects and wish you good luck!