Describing itself as "The most important documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries",
Baltic Sea Docs is focused on projects from the wider Baltic Sea region, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.
The 18 selected projects represent film studios in 17 countries including Poland, Armenia, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia and Russia.
Established in 1997 in Denmark, Baltic Sea Docs will celebrate its 25th edition this year. For 17 years the event has been taking place in Rīga, Latvia where each September it gathers around 150 documentary film professionals for a preparatory workshop, public pitching sessions, individual meetings, and seminars. This year the forum will be organised in a hybrid format.
Latvian films making the lust include "Father’s Children" (Woodpecker Pictures, Director: Karlis Lesins; Producer: Dominiks Jarmakovics); "Scarecrows" (VFS FILMS, Director: Laila Pakalnina; Producer: Uldis Cekulis); and "Stranded" (Ego Media, Director: Staņislavs Tokalovs; Producer: Guntis Trekteris).
Film project pitching sessions will take place on 8-9 September. The projects will be presented to a panel of decision-makers representing TV channels, sales and distribution companies such as MDR (Germany), YLE (Finland), Cats and Docs (France), BBC (UK), Al Jazeera (Qatar), TVP (Poland), LTV (Latvia).
In parallel to industry events, a film program of international documentaries will be presented to the wider public, as well as an anniversary program of films presented at Baltic Sea Docs over the years. The screenings will be held in cinemas and online.
More information about the selected projects and the event is available on the Baltic Sea Docs homepage.