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Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries 2014

Pitching at Baltic Sea Forum

September 3 – 7, 2014. Riga, Latvia

The Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries is a pitching session and workshop combined with film screenings. It is aiming at documentary films produced in the Baltic and surrounding countries or productions with a subject related to the region. Submission deadline for applying with a project is June 6, 2014.

The Baltic Sea Forum consist of:

  •  -  A three-day pitching seminar with preparatory workshop for the selected documentary pitching teams on project and trailer development, pitching training and international co-production matters
  •  - Two days of pitching where the documentary projects are pitched to a panel of around 14-16 international commissioning editors followed by one-to-one meetings
  •  - Documentary film screenings for general public and professionals
  •  - Professional networking and meetings during the five days in a friendly and positive environment.

So far the follow experts and decision makers have confirmed their participation in the pitching panel:

  • Aleksandra Derewienko, Taskovsky Films, UK
  • Anna Rozenvalde, LTV, Latvia
  • Charlotte Gry Madsen, SVT, Sweden
  • Esther van Messel, First Hand Films, Switzerland
  • Grigory Libergal, DVD Sales, Russia
  • Heribert Schneiders, MDR, Germany
  • Heino Deckert, Deckert Distribution, Germany
  • Jan Daae, DR International Sales, Denmark
  • Jenny Westergard, YLE, Finland
  • Magdalena Borowska, TVP, Poland
  • Marje Jurtshenko, ERR, Estonia
  • Nikki Heyman, PBS POV, USA
  • Robert Zuber, HRT, Croatia

During the preparation workshop from September 3-5 film producers and directors will improve their pitching skills under the guidance of the international tutors team:

  • Mikael OpstrupEDN Head of Studies, Denmark 
  • Tue Steen Müller, documentary film consultant, Denmark
  • Emma Daviefilm director, profesor of Edinburg University, Scotland
  • Hanka KastelicováHBO Europe, Hungary
  • Ivana Pauerová MiloševičováFilm Studio, Czech Television, Czech Republic 
  • Thierry DetailleVentes-CBAWIP-Sales/Visible Film, Belgium.

In addition to the tutor team, Canadian/Swedish film editor Phil Jandaly will consult the participants about the trailers of the projects. 

On 5th of September an open workshop will be held on Transmedia storytelling and marketing. Lecturers: Mathias Noschis (film marketing expert, Alphapanda, Switzerland) and  Domenico La Porta (expert on transmedia storytelling, cross-platform movie promotion, crowd strategies, media and a/v production, KWEB, Belgium)

Who can participate?

You can apply, if you represent one of the following:

  • - Independent production companies from the wider Baltic Sea Region countries
  • - Independent production companies from developing democracies of the former Soviet Union
  • - Independent production companies from other European countries if the documentary subject relates to the wider Baltic Sea Region.

Producers may attend the Forum as observers without pitching a project. You can register as observer until August 15, 2014. 

Projects selected for Baltic Sea Forum 2014


Title of the Project

Producer /Director / Company



We’re Going the Same Way

Prod. Steven Dhoedt
Dir. Pieter-Jan Van Damme


Returning to Riga

Prod.Ulrik Gutkin
Dir. Casper Høyberg




Ash Mountains

Prod. Margus Õunapuu
Dir. Ivar Murd


Behind the Fence

Prod. Jaak Kilmi
Dir. Ken Saan, Jaak Kilmi

No Addressee

Prod. Kadriann Kibus
Dir. Ksenia Okhapkina 



Grey Violet

Prod. Liisa Juntunen
Dir. Reetta Aalto




180 Beats per Minute

Prod. Rebecca Houzel
Dir. Olga Darfy



No Train To Germany

Prod. Alexander Kvatashidze
Dir.Tamara Mshvenieradze


New Berlin Wall

Prod. Giorgi Chaduneli
Dir. Toma Chagelishvili



Tchaikovsky on The Edge

Prod. Christian Beetz
Dir. Ralf Pleger


Johanna’s Secret

Prod. Jan Kaczmarski
Dir. Wladek Jurkow, Gerburg Rohde-Dahl



Dangerous Liaisons. Russia’s Soft Power

Prod. Gints Grūbe
Dir. Juris Pakalniņš


Era of Dance

Prod. Elīna Karule, Uldis Cekulis
Dir. Viktors Buda

Inga Can Hear

Prod. Ieva Goba
Dir.Kaspars Goba


Prod. Guntis Trekteris
Dir. Stanislavs Tokalovs


Acid Forest

Prod. Dovydas Petravičius
Dir. Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Thanksgiving Day

Prod. /Dir. Giedrė Žickytė





Prod./Dir. Katarzyna Trzaska

Genius on Demand

Prod/Dir.Aleksandra Skowron and   Miroslaw Skowron

Staring at   the Sun

Prod./Dir. Maciek Hamela





Prod. Natalia Mansky
Dir. Vitaly Mansky


My Beliefs

Prod. Vlad Ketkovich
Dir. Tatiana Chistova



The Language of Silence

Prod. Anna Weitz
Dir. Frans Huhta Karlsson



Red Roofs

Prod. Emilia Bromiley
Dir. Zuzka Markova

EDN Contact:

Mikael Opstrup



The Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries is organised by The National Film Centre of Latvia in collaboration with the European Documentary Network and Baltic Films.




Baltic Sea Forum forum is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU.