CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2023

This informs the public about the CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2023/2024 for MENA filmmakers. Details about the Scholarship are given below.

`CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2023

About CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2023

Selected filmmakers will be awarded a complete grant covering tuition fee, flight ticket(s), accommodation, and meals during the workshops.

Filmmakers work very closely in groups and one-on-one with Close Up mentors, professionals at the top of the documentary industry: ​​John Appel, Bruni Burres, Gitte Hansen and Nino Kirtadze. They will also receive workshops from editing consultants and other special industry experts.

Our annual program consists of three week-long workshops each year in December, March, and June, along with individualized work and assignments in between. We train and support documentary filmmakers to develop a full co-production package, including a trailer, which is presented at our final workshop in the framework of a pitching forum.

Program Details 

Prestigious awards, cash prizes and residencies are awarded to Close Up filmmakers at our pitching forum by leaders in the documentary industry.

Decision makers present at past pitching forums come from IDFA, Sundance Institute, The Guardian, SWR, ARTE France, MDR Germany, FIPADOC, Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Guardian, Catapult Film Fund, Silver Sun Foundation, Blue Ice Docs, Docs Up Fund, 2M Morocco TV, MEDIMED Film Market, Jacob Burns Film Center, Movies That Matter, and more.

You can find more information on the previous guests at our Pitching Forum here.



Afghanistan • Algeria • Armenia • Azerbaijan • Bahrain • Egypt • Georgia • Iran • Iraq • Israel • Jordan • Kuwait • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Oman • Palestine • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Sudan • Syria • Tunisia  • Turkey • UAE • Yemen

  • Workshops and tutorial sessions will be held in English, so the participants must be able to communicate in this language.
  • Participants will have to participate in a full series of three week-long workshops within 9 months. Workshops will be taking place in the months of December, March and June.
  • The project submitted may be in a stage of development, pre-production or production.
  • Submitted projects must have an international relevancy.
  • Eligible are filmmakers at early to mid career, who have made at least one short film.
  • Applicant may act as a director or producer of a project.
  • The selected filmmakers should be ready to collaborate during the program with an international co-producer.

CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2023 Application

For those interested in CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2023, open this link to start the application process.

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 9 July 2023.

Open this link for more details about the CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2023.

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