Visegrad Pitch: Open call for Ukrainian projects

23. 1. 2023

Author: B2B Doc

B2B Doc, in collaboration with the Institute of Documentary Film and with the support of the International Visegrad Fund, is looking for Ukrainian documentary projects to take part in the B2B Doc-arranged workshop and pitch at the East Doc Platform (March 24-30, Prague), aimed at industry professionals from the Visegrad countries. The submissions close on February 28, 2023.

The idea of the event is to bring together Ukrainian projects that need funding to continue production, on the one hand, and producers and funders from the Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), on the other. Initially designed as a bigger series of workshops with more participating countries and locations, due to the war circumstances and cut budgets, this will be an event focused on Ukrainian documentary filmmakers.

The four-day workshop will familiarize Ukrainian teams (6-8 projects including the director and producer) with the Visegrad film industries, funding requirements and other nuances which are necessary to know for a successful co-production with the region. It will end with a pitch where the Ukrainian projects will be presented to the Visegrad producers, funds, NGOs and other decision-makers. 

The workshop is scheduled for March 24-27, the pitch for March 28 and the participants will also be able to arrange meetings and attend the industry events at the East Doc Platform on March 29-30. The travel costs, accommodation, meals and accreditation for the filmmakers with the selected film projects will be covered by B2B Doc.

Eligible for participation are Ukrainian filmmakers and Ukrainian documentary works-in-progress at any stage of production regardless of the current location of the filmmakers.

Two steps to apply with your project:
1) Upload the project description to the B2B Doc database and receive approval from our staff. We will only consider the projects registered in our database. If you have a project, but it hasn’t been uploaded yet, please do it now.

2) Send a short motivation letter describing why this pitch would be useful for you and your film project to apply@b2bdoc.se. Include the link to your project profile at the B2B Doc database.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 23:59 pm CET.

Please contact the project manager Max Tuula at max@b2bdoc.se if you have any questions.

This event is created in collaboration with Institute of Documentary Film, Docudays UA, People in Need Slovakia / One World Slovakia, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights / Watch Docs and Verzio and is supported by the International Visegrad FundMinistry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the Swedish Institute and Sida.

Film still from the project Ukraine’s Western Front by Lana Shapoval

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