Riga, Latvia

INDUSTRY DATES: 5 – 9 September 2022

Pitching Sessions 8 – 9 September 2022
Pitch Training Workshop 5 – 7 September 2022 (for online participants may vary)
CE MEDIA Workshop on mental health issues in documentary filmmaking 7 September 2022
Forum Description An international pitching forum focused on feature length creative documentary projects from the Baltic Sea region, Eastern Europe, Caucasus region. The event consists of preparatory workshop for 18 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.
Forum format in 2022 In-person event in Riga, with a possibility for project representatives and decision makers to participate online if onsite attendance is not possible.
Decision makers of BSD 2021 Natalia Arshavskaya, Current Time TV, USA
Christa Auderlitzky, Filmdelights, Austria
Thomas Beyer, MDR, Germany
Zdenek Blaha, Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, ZDF/Arte, Germany
Kim Christiansen, DR Sales, Denmark
Aleksandra Derewienko, Cat & Docs, France
Charlotte Gry Madsen, SVT, Sweden
Wouter Jansen, Square Eyes, Austria
Marcella Jelic, Taskovski Films, UK
Natsu Kawakami, NHK, Japan
Jo Lapping, BBC, UK
Anton Mazurov, Antidote Sales, Russia
Nevena Misasinovic, Lightdox, Switzerland
Liina Murd, ERR, Estonia
Tomasz Piechal, TVP, Poland
Anna Platpīre, LTV, Latvia
Fatma Riahi, Al Jazeera, Qatar
Madeline Robert, Visions du Reel, Switzerland
Alex Szalat, Docs Up Fund, France
Esther van Messel, First hand Films, Switzerland
Jenny Westergaard, YLE, Finland

More info: here

Awards TBA
Who can apply · Independent production companies from the wider Baltic Sea Region countries (eligible countries in 2022: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden)
· Independent production companies from Eastern Europe and Caucasus region (not eligible in 2022: production companies from Russia, Belarus)
· Independent production companies from other European countries if the project relates to the regions and eligible countries specified above.
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 10 June 2022
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),· short synopsis of the project (max 50 words),
· long synopsis of the project (400-600 words),
· print quality photo representing the project, photo of the producer and other filmmakers pitching the project,
· a link to the trailer/visual material of the current project (mandatory already for the selection process).
Application and participation fees There is no application and participation fee
Catalogue A project catalogue will be produced and distributed to the decision makers 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 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 26054287.
Selection Selection of projects made by an international Selection Committee will be announced by 11 July 2022, and the producers will be notified about the results via e-mail. The main criteria 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 2022.
Pitching Each project has 7 minutes for pitching, with further time for discussion. The pitch has to be supported with a trailer (subtitled in English). The presentation of the project should be done in English.
Individual Meetings Individual meetings with decision makers will be held on 8-9 September (20 min per meeting).
Workshops  Pitching Training Workshop will be organized from 5 – 7 September in Riga. The pitchers will work intensively on their project presentation with the aid of 6 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. ​Online participants will have individual consultations with the tutros (the specific dates will be communicated directly to the project participants). We strongly advise to take part in the workshop, as its usefulness has been proven over the years.

Mikael Opstrup, Documentary Developer, Denmark
Tue Steen Müller, Documentary Consultant & Critic, Denmark
Gitte Hansen, Documentary Consultant, Switzerland
Marje Tõemäe, Film Director, Producer, Head of Programs at ERR, Estonia
Salome Jashi, Film Director, Producer, Georgia
Dāvis Sīmanis, Film Director, Scriptwriter, Latvia
Phil Jandaly, Film Editor, Sweden

More info: here

Film Programme Parallel to the Baltic Sea Forum industry activities, a programme of selected documentary films will be screened from 5 – 11 September 2022. The program will have a special section on Ukraine.
All Deadlines 10 June 2022 – project submission
11 July 2022 – announcement of selected projects
10 August 2022
– observer registration
We look forward to receiving your projects!