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AJD is honored to announce a new international project - “Al Jazeera Documentary industry days @ AJB DOC” - which will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is an event that intends to support the expansion of documentaries worldwide, including international co-productions, and aims to match key decision-makers with interesting and valuable projects.
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Main pitch

10 Sept

The main pitch is aimed at independent filmmakers and production companies developing and raising finance for documentaries. This pitch will focus on connections, support and opportunities for filmmakers. Finalists will be supported by professional tutors to enhance their presentations prior to the pitching day. In a panel-like environment, 10 projects carefully selected by the selection committee will take part in the main pitch. We hope producers and filmmakers will use this as an opportunity to secure funding for their production, as well as guarantee support for overseas broadcasting, distribution, screening and sales.

Project proposals should be documentaries on topics such as various issues facing SEE, MENA, the Caucasus and, of course, the world, people's diverse ways of life, social problems, history, Arts, culture, etc. Proposed projects should be in the initial stage.

Work in progress

11 Sept

Work in progress is an international co-production aiming to be broadcasted on Al Jazeera Documentary and international media firms, and the films in progress are selected according to their stage of production, their needs and potential in terms of diffusion, and their concordance with the quality standards. Work in progress projects should reflect the diverse world of SEE, MENA and the Caucasus today. Producers will have up to 15 minutes to present each project, including excerpts from the film. Following a panel discussion, we will assist interested visitors to the Works in Progress programme to set up individual meetings with the presenters to get more information about their projects. This will offer filmmakers and producers the possibility to take their projects further, to find financing, and possible broadcasters and networking.

The Al Jazeera Documentary contribution will be in the form of co-production and selected projects will be based on the quality standards. Proposed projects should be in the post-production stage and projects will be ranked by decision makers.

Balkan stars

12 Sept

This is an international co-production aiming to highlight Al Jazeera Balkans & Al Jazeera Documentary and subsequent international development. "Balkan Stars" should reflect the diverse world of Balkans today. In the shadow of Balkan development, there are various realities such as social gaps, loss of identity, and generati-onal gaps. We are looking for stories full of humanity, where individuals or groups attempt to challenge these problems and barriers. We wish to gather documentarists, filmmakers, journalists and media professionals with expertise on the aforementioned topics to offer us a deeper insight into Balkan life as it currently is.

The duration of submitted films should be 30 minutes. If your film is selected for broadcast on AJB or AJD, a certain share of production costs will be guaranteed.

Rules and regulations
Key dates
1 April 2022
Project Submission open call
30 June 2022
Project Submission close
July 2022
Selection of projects
August 2022
Pitch training for selected projects
10-12 Sept. 2022
Industry days