Call for Applications for MENA filmmakers in the CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2021/2022


Are you a young filmmaker at an early or mid career who has made at least one film?

Then apply for the CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program 2021/2022 and get a chance to be awarded a complete grant, as well as mentorship from leading mentors in the field of documentary filmmaking.

Application Deadline: July 31st 2021


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  • The program supports up to 24 documentary filmmakers a year from diverse ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from across the Middle East, North Africa & the Nordic countries.
  •  The selected filmmakers are Awarded a Complete Grant covering tuition fee, flight ticket, accommodation and meals during the workshops.
  • The selected filmmakers participate in three workshops on a tailor-made program by leading mentors in the field of documentary filmmaking, the personal mentors guide the filmmakers through the creative process of developing a profound Co-production package, including a teaser, which will be presented at the final seminar in the framework of a pitching forum.
  • The participating filmmakers advance their skills and understanding on the artistic challenges in documentaries, storytelling techniques, dramaturgy and the effective tools to maximize the potential of a Co-Production. They acquire knowledge on developing the necessary strategy for a successful Co-Production, learn about budgeting and contracts as well as finance planning and how to find creative financial opportunities.


  • Applicants must be citizens of one of the countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey & United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen.
  • Workshops and tutorial sessions will be held in English, so the participants must be able to communicate in this language.
  • Submitted Projects must have an international relevancy.
  • The selected filmmakers should be ready to collaborate during the program with an international Co-Producer.
  • Participants will have to participate in a full series of three workshops within 9 months.
  • The project submitted may be in a stage of development, pre-production or production.
  • Applicant may act as a director-producer of a project.
  • Eligible are filmmakers at early to mid career, who have made at least one film.

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Application Instructions

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  • Applications must be submitted in English.

About the CLOSE-UP Co-Production Training Program

Close-Up is a Non-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium, founded by 5 partners, Sigal Yehuda, Bruni Burres, Vincent Melilli, John Appel and Ahmet Boyacioglu. Our strength has always been in our belief of the urgency and the necessity for a dialog between individual artists coming from broken societies but aiming to create and build bridges despite censorship. Working with talented emerging filmmakers from our region is essential to maintaining our cultural awareness and protecting our future existence. We’ve witnessed our ability to resist prejudice and ignorance by creating cinematic, powerful documentaries within our community of filmmakers. These filmmakers remind us all about our common values and the strength of an inclusive and open society.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Deadline for application is July 31st 2021

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

  • CLOSE-UP established important professional ties with prestigious documentary film funds and cinema institutions such as Sundance Film Institute, Blue-Ice Docs, Doc’s Up Fund, Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Netherlands, Chicken & Egg Pictures, MEDIMED  The Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market & Pitching Forum  , Spain, Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence, Italy, The Jacob Burns Film Center in New York that offers our filmmakers a FELLOWSHIP AWARD for a residency in Pleasantville, NY. Silver Sun Foundation that offers our filmmakers a Residency Award in Woodstock, NY
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