Riga, Latvia

INDUSTRY DATES: 1 – 6 September 2024

Pitching Sessions 5 – 6 September 2024, Riga
Pitch Training Workshop 1 – 4 September 2024, Riga 
CE MEDIA Workshop –   Tools for documentary audience reach: AI and beyond 4 September 2024, 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 2024 In-person event consisting of: 
· pitch training workshop of 18 selected projects;
· pitching of 18 selected projects followed by individual meetings;  
· Coming soon session of up to 4 films in post-production stage pitched in previous BSD editions;
· film program.
Decision makers of BSD 2023 Agne Biliunaite, LRT, Lithuania
Aleksandra Derewienko, Cat & Docs, France
Alex Szalat, Docs Up Fund, France
Anna Ferens, TVP, Poland
Arianna Castoldi, Mediawan Rights, France
Bernd Seidl, SWR, Germany
Christa Auderlitzky, Filmdelights, Austria
Diana Karklin, Rise and Shine, Germany
Henna Khan-Hussain, BBC, UK
Inka Achte, Raina Films, Finland
Jasmina Vignjevic, Syndicado, Canada
Jenny Bohnhoff, MetFilm Sales, UK
Jenny Westergaard, YLE, Finland
Judith Vreriks, EOdocs, the Netherlands
Liina Murd, ERR, Estonia 
Natalia Arshavskaya, Current Time TV, USA
Natsu Kawakami, NHK, Japan
Nevena Milasinovic, Lightdox, Switzerland
Petar Mitric, Taskovski Films, UK
Thomas Beyer, MDR, Germany
Vikija Valdmane-Rozenberga, LTV, Latvia
Awards · Baltic Sea Docs award;
· IDFA Spotlight Award;
· East Doc Platform award; 
· more TBA
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 2024: production companies from Russia)  
· Independent production companies from other European countries if the project relates to the regions and eligible countries specified above and/ or if there is a regional co-producer.
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 10 May 2024 
Application process  Fill in an online Application Form, 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).
While filling out the form, we suggest saving it regularly to ensure that the information is stored properly.
Application and participation fees There is no application and participation fee
Contact Details for Application The link to application form is available online at balticseadocs.lv. For any further enquiries please contact us at
balticforum@nkc.gov.lv or call +371 25440039.
Selection Selection of projects made by an international Selection Committee will be announced by 7 June 2024, 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, networking events, film program). Fill in an online Application form by 29 July 2024, the notification will be sent out by 7 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 5-6 September.
Workshops  A Pitching Training Workshop will be organized from 1-4 September. The filmmakers will work intensively on their project presentation with the aid of 6 international tutors with extensive industry experience. In addition to this, a professional editor will give advice on the structure of trailers. 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
Emma Davie, director, Scotland
Phil Jandaly, Film Editor, Sweden
Uldis Cekulis, producer, Latvia
Salome Jashi, director, Georgia
Alisa Kovalenko, director, Ukraine

Film Program Parallel to the Baltic Sea Docs industry activities, a program of selected documentary films will be screened from 3 – 8 September 2024.
All Deadlines 10 May 2024 – project submission
7 June 2024 – announcement of selected projects
29 July 2024 – observer registration
  We look forward to receiving your projects!