Selected Projects

72 Hours

Belarus/Belgium/France
Director/Scriptwriter: Anna Savchenko
Production Company: Playtime Films
Co-producer: Volia Chajkouskaya
(Co-Production Company: Volia Films)
Co-Production Company: SaNoSi Productions


Art and the Cold War. Esthetic Resistance

Estonia
Director/Scriptwriter: Sandra Jõgeva
Producer: Anu Veermäe-Kaldra
Production Company: Maagiline Masin

A story about the relationship between independent Soviet art and the West. An incredible quantity of mainly Estonian and Moscowian visual art is sold and taken across the border. This is facilitated mainly by Western diplomats, behind whose coordinated action stands none other than the CIA.


Company of Steel

Ukraine
Director/Scriptwriter: Yuliia Hontaruk
Producer: Igor Savychenko
Production Company: Directory Films

After enduring horrors during the still ongoing Russian-Ukrainian War, three Ukrainian war veterans return home. Both stronger than before and full of scars they're struggling to heal. Will they be able to figure out how to belong in this old but new reality and win their private wars?


Ever Since I Know Myself

Georgia
Producer/Director/Scriptwriter: Maka Gogaladze
Production Company: FORMO Production

Some children enjoy studying music, others suffer from it. I was among the others. Mother forced me to play piano for 7 years. Now I travel around Georgia gathering my childhood reflections and listening to my mother’s audio letters, to explore what I was and what my mother wanted me to be.


Every Independence Day

Belarus/Estonia
Director/Scriptwriter: Yulia Shatun
Producer: Volia Chajkouskaya
Production Company: Volia Films
Co-Producer: Max Tuula
Co-Production Company: Marx Fil
m


Fragile Memory

Ukraine/The Netherlands
Director: Ihor Ivanko
Producer/Scriptwriter: Mariia Ponomarova
Producer: Alexandra Bratyshchenko
Production Company: Burlaka Films
Co-Producer: Harmen Jalvingh
Co-production Company: DOXY Films

Young filmmaker Ihor discovers the lost archive of his grandpa, a famous Soviet cinematographer. In discovering the story behind the damaged pictures, he gets closer to his grandpa who has dementia and is facing the tension between memory and forgetting.


How to Save a Dead Friend

Russia
Director/Scriptwriter: Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Producer: Ksenia Gapchenko
Production Company: Docs Vostok

Moscow, late 00s, it’s only the two of them – Kimi and Marusya. They are young, bored and madly in love. What could be better than first love? Only first love and heroin. At least that’s what they thought back then.


Masha, Out of the Realm of Memory

France/Lithuania
Director/Co-Producer: Giedre Žickyté
Producer: Christine Le Goff
Production Company: ZED
Co-Production Company: Moonmakers
Scriptwriter: Nick Ware

In an attic in St. Petersburg lie 30,000 photographic negatives recording life in the latter years of the Soviet Union. With them rest the photographer's diaries, detailing her tragic and poetic life. Now for the first time we reveal the life and extraordinary work of Masha Ivashintsova, Russia’s lost photographer.


Mayday Georgia!

Georgia/UK/Uzbekistan
Director/Producer: Robin Forestier-Walker
Director: Rayhan Demytrie
Production Company: Vision Fabrika
Co-Producer: Tekla Machavariani
Co-Production Company: Nushi Film

95 year-old Georgian WW2 veteran Ivlita puts on her medals to attend Victory Day. But her beloved annual event is about to be hijacked by young activists – pro-European Ana and black-shirted fascist Giorgi. The youth are preparing for battle over what May 9th means in 21st century Georgia.


Men On Boat

Denmark
Director: Carl Olsson
Producer: Anne Köhncke
Production Company: Final Cut for Real

A visual exploration of masculinity, loneliness and longing in a world defined by time and ocean. The film follows the crew of an oil tanker far out at sea. Through a series of scenes from the daily lives of the men on board, we are allowed to reflect on the sailor as myth and reality.


Missing My Body

Georgia
Producer/Director: Alexander Kvatashidze
Production Company: Lokokina Studio

“You won't rest until you have at least a piece of me.” A dead soldier’s message to his grieving parents.


No Elephant in the Room

Poland/Romania
Director/Scriptwriter: Clara Kleininger
Producer: Magdalena Borowiec
Production Company: SQUARE Film Studio
Co-Production Company: Triba Fil
m

The story of a Romanian circus, which undergoes a complete transformation from an old post-communist relic to a spectacular modern circus inspired by Cirque du Soleil.


Prison Unlocked

Latvia
Director/Scriptwriter: Ivars Zviedris
Producer: Guntis Trekteris
Production Company: Ego Media

Recently, the oldest prison in Latvia – Brasa Prison, built in 1905 – was closed, as it could no longer ensure normal functioning. Some of the inmates will be released after long-term imprisonment. They know how to survive in extreme circumstances, but are unprepared for a normal life. They may be like children whom parents would never allow to walk alone. But our protagonists will have to.


Rebbellion

Ukraine/Germany
Director: Keren Chernizon
Producer: Illia Gladshtein
Production Company: Phalanstery Films

The story of a street in the middlemost part of Ukraine unexpectedly turning into a pilgrimage site for Hasidic Jews coming from all around the world. A post-Soviet chapter still to be written into history books.


Riga Palace

Latvia
Director: Armands Začs
Producer/Scriptwriter: Sandijs Semjonovs
Production Company: SKUBA Films

Riga Palace is a hotel in the middle of war-torn Aleppo. It's owner, Nawras Riga, is a businessman who wants to find his roots and has decided to visit Riga, Latvia for the first time. The film follows his journey and documents how life returns to Riga Palace after the cruel civil war in Aleppo.


Roma

Ukraine/The Netherlands
Director: Olga Zhurba
Producer: Darya Bassel
Producer: Viktoriia Khomenko
Production Company: Moon Man LLC

A coming of age portrait of Roma, from being the 13-year-old hero of the Maidan revolution, through an orphanage to an uncertain adulthood in his small Ukrainian home town


ROSES Film-Cabaret

Ukraine
Director: Irena Stetsenko
Producer: Oleksandra Kravchenko
Producer: Oleg Sosnov
Production Company: DGTL RLGN

A documentary musical featuring 7 actresses of the freak-cabaret Dakh Daughters, in a universal portrait of an artist against the background of the Revolution. In this film-cabaret the music hardly stops, tears are mixed with laughter, and the heroines are inseparable from the stage – though, within the never-ending acting they are profoundly sincere.


Super B

Finland
Director/Scriptwriter: Mia Halme
Producer: Marianne Mäkelä
Production Company: napafilms

In a world where super bacteria is increasing, established scientist Anu Kantele has a mission to decrease the use of antibiotics. 800 tourists are brought into Benin, West Africa, as her guinea pigs to be part of research to create a vaccine for diarrhea. A film about seeking atonement in the endless world of aid.


Tango of Life

Latvia/Italy/Argentina
Director: Erica Liffredo
Director: Krista Burāne
Producer: Uldis Cekulis
Production Company: VFS Films
Co-producer: Raffaele Brunetti
Co-Production Company: B&B Film

Claudio knows that one day he will be in a wheelchair, and what still keeps him on his feet and working his fields is tango. His Parkinson’s is progressing slowly but inexorably. Time is short. He promised his beloved wife Ivana that one day they would tango together in Buenos Aires, and he must fulfil this promise now.


The Constitution of the New Era: Man Balancer of the Aerial and Aquatic World

North Macedonia
Producers/Directors/Scriptwriters: Kiril Karakash & Svetislav Podleshanov
Production Company: OPIUM Film
Co-Production Company: Bunker Film+

A retired policeman has been passionately trying to make a perpetuum mobile machine for the last 15 years.


The Hunt

Lithuania
Director/Scriptwriter: Aistė Stonytė
Producer: Arūnas Matelis
Junior producer: Eva Sinicaitė
Production Company: Studio Nominum

This detective story is the hunt for a film reel that for many years has been thought to be lost. The reel contains a banned, scandalous, avant-garde, anti-Soviet theatre performance that was documented under conspiracy conditions nearly 50 years ago.


The Kind Stranger

Finland
Director: Sini Hormio
Director: Anu Silfverberg
Producer: Ari Matikainen
Production Company: Kinocompany Lt
d

A film about the anxious and the sleepless who heal each other through whisper videos and soothing role plays, online. A silent revolution has begun, and it’s called ASMR.


The Price of Meat

Latvia
Director: Kaspars Goba
Producer: Ieva Goba
Production Company: Rucka Art Foundation

A very personal story of the dilemmas faced by a vegetarian film director who after 19 years spent in documentary filmmaking and photography returns to his childhood farm and starts cattle farming.


The Transition

Russia/UK
Director/Producer/Scriptwriter: Gayane Petrosyan
Production Company: Baikal Cinema
Co-producer: Mike Lerner
Scriptwriter: Evgeny Abaev-Gildebrand

A very intimate story, extremely and frankly baring one of the most sensitive issues of our intolerant society – through the eyes of the mother of transgender boy.


Unpaved

Poland/Sweden
Director/Co-Producer/Scriptwriter: Mikael Lypinski
Producer: Malgorzata Koziol
Production Company: East Beast
Co-Production Company: Salton Sea Films

Somewhere in the mountains of Oregon, a tiny community lives quietly in the shadow of Bigfoot, seeking comfort in nature and one another while struggling with life’s challenges.


Decision Makers

Agne Biliunaite

Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) | Lithuania


Aleksandar Govedarica

Syndicado | Canada


Aleksandra Derewienko

Cat & 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


Jenny Westergard

YLE | Finland


Jo Lapping

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) | UK


Karlo Funk

ESTONIAN PUBLIC BROADCASTING (ERR) | ESTONIA


Kenan Aliyev

Current Time TV | USA


Lars Säfström

SVT (Swedish Public Service Television) | Sweden


Liene Kalnaella

Latvian Television (LTV) | Latvia


Margit Balogh

EODOCS | THE NETHERLANDS


Markéta Štinglová

CZECH TELEVISION (CT), CZECH REPUBLIC


Neraida Cukali

RTSH – ALBANIAN PUBLIC TELEVISION | ALBANIA


Sergei Trofimov

CURRENT TIME TV, US


Tijana Djukic

TASKOVSKI FILMS, UK


Ulrich Brochhagen

MDR, GERMANY


Tutors

Alex Szalat

HEAD OF DOCS UP FUND | FRANCE


Anna Eborn

FILM DIRECTOR | SWEDEN


Mandy Chang

STORYVILLE, THE BBC | UK


Mikael Opstrup

Documentary Consultant | Denmark


Natalia Arshavskaya

CURRENT TIME TV | USA


Phil Jandaly

Film Editor | Sweden


Tue Steen Müller

Documentary Consultant | Denmark


Film Programme