Riga, Latvia

INDUSTRY DATES: 3 – 8 September 2023

Pitching Sessions 7 – 8 September 2023, Riga
Pitch Training Workshop 3 – 6 September 2023, Liepupe & Riga
CE MEDIA Workshop on documentary approach in fiction films  6 September 2023, Riga
Description An international co-production pitching forum focused on feature length creative documentary projects from and on the Baltic Sea region, Eastern Europe, Caucasus region. It is the only pitching forum in the Baltic region focused solely on documentaries. It was established in 1997, and it is organized by the National Film Centre of Latvia.
Activities in 2023 In-person event consisting of: 
* pitch training workshop of 18 selected projects;
* pitching of 18 selected projects followed by individual meetings;  
* NEW: Coming soon session of films in post production stage pitched in previous BSD editions | Guidelines & Application
* NEW: Travelling Docs. Share Your Stories – producers networking event between Baltic and European producers (organised by the CE MEDIA Desks)  | Guidelines & Application
* film program.
Decision makers of BSD 2022 Natalia Arshavskaya, Current Time TV, USA
Christa Auderlitzky, Filmdelights, Austria
Anna Berthollet, Lightdox, Switzerland
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, ZDF/Arte, Germany
Aleksandra Derewienko, Cat & Docs, France
Tijana Djukic, Limonero Films, UK
Anja Dziersk, Rise and Shine, Germany
Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado, Canada
Natsu Kawakami, NHK, Japan
Jo Lapping, BBC, UK
Petar Mitric, Taskovski Films, UK
Liina Murd, ERR, Estonia 
Liene Laviņa, LTV, Latvia
Anas Khelawy, Al Jazeera, Qatar
Luisa Schwamborn, New Docs, Germany
Marketa Stinglova, Czech TV, Czech Republic
Alex Szalat, Docs Up Fund, France
Jenny Westergaard, YLE, Finland
Awards · Baltic Sea Docs award – mentorship for one project (up to 3 sessions within 1 year with BSD tutors/ industry experts)
· IDFA Spotlight Award – participation, travel & accommodation of a director to IDFA’s next edition & participation in a tailor-made program within the IDFA Industry and training activities 
· Current Time TV award – 2000 eur cash award for one project
· more awards in negotiations, TBC
Who can apply · Independent production companies from the wider Baltic Sea Region countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden)
· Independent production companies from Eastern Europe and Caucasus region (not eligible in 2023: production companies from Russia)  
· 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 invites cross media projects and documentary animations. One project may be submitted 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, however it is not essential for being selected. Projects by first time filmmakers are also welcome and eligible.
Application Deadline 12 June 2023 
Application form & Application procedure Fill in an online Application Form (till 12 June), (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)
· director’s statement about the project explaining the creative vision (preferably as a short video uploaded at the “Notes” section). 
Expenses Application and participation is free of charge.
Travel and accommodation have to be covered by participants.
Contact Details for Application For any further enquiries please 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 12 July 2023, and the contact person of the project will be notified about the results via e-mail. The main criteria of the selection will be the international potential and creative approach of the project entered. The decisions of the Selection Committee will be final.
Observers Producers may attend BSD as observers without pitching a project (it allows to observe pitching sessions, attend industry events, film program). Fill in an online Application form by 11 August 2023, the notification will be sent out by 18 August. 
Pitching Each project has 7 minutes for pitching (language – English), with further time for discussion. The pitch has to be supported with a trailer (subtitled in English). 
Individual Meetings Individual meetings with decision makers will be held on 7-8 September.
Workshop  A Pitching Training Workshop will be organized from 3-6 September. 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. We strongly advise you to take part in the workshop. (First two days of the workshop are intended to take place outside Riga, the accommodation (3-5 September) and transfer will be provided by BSD. Departure from Riga will be organized in the afternoon of the 3 September).

Mikael Opstrup, Documentary Developer, Denmark
Tue Steen Müller, Documentary Consultant & Critic, Denmark
Roman Bondarchuk, director, cinematographer, Ukraine
Emma Davie, director, Scotland
Phil Jandaly, Film Editor, Sweden
Laila Pakalniņa, director, producer, scriptwriter, Latvia
Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, producer, Lithuania

Film Program Parallel to the Baltic Sea Docs industry activities, a program of selected documentary films will be screened from 5 – 10 September 2023.
All Deadlines 12 June 2023 – project submission
12 July 2023 – announcement of selected projects
11 August 2023 – observer registration
  We look forward to receiving your projects!