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The current edition of the Baltic Sea Documentary Forum takes place September 3 - 7, 2008 in Riga, Latvia. Twenty-five documentary projects from Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine will be presented at this year's Forum that combines a pitching workshop, pitching sessions and one-on-one meetings with commissioning editors. Documentary screenings include Stone Silence, Music Partisans, Blind Loves or The Deconstruction of an Artist that in the past attended Ex Oriente Film and the East European Forum.

Dates: September 3 - 7, 2008
Venue: Riga, Latvia


The Baltic Sea Documentary Forum consists of both a pitching workshop and session. The workshop will give the participants the chance to develop their documentary projects as well as to pitch their project. The pitching session will give the participants the opportunity to present their project to a panel of international commissioning editors followed by scheduled individual meetings with them. Projects from documentary film and TV producers from the Baltic States, Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia (as well as producers from other European countries if the film subject is related to the Baltic Region) will be developed in a workshop run by international producers and filmmakers. At the pitching session 24 projects are presented to a panel of around 16 commissioning editors from the Baltic, Nordic and European TV stations. Each project may be pitched for five minutes, with further time for discussion at the discretion of the host. Each project may be pitched by up to two representatives. The pitch has to be supported with video clips of your new project or clips from your previous films (VHS or DVD).

- Three days (September 3 – 5, 2008) preparatory workshop for 24 documentary film producers on project and trailer development, pitching training and international co-production matters;

- Two days Forum (September 6 – 7, 2008)– presentation of the documentary projects by the producers to a panel of around 16 international buyers;

- Five days (September 3 – 7, 2008) of documentary film screenings for general public and professionals;


, dir. Aleh Dashkevich, Belorussia, 2008, 52’
The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, dir. Pietra Brettkelly, New Zealand, 2008, 95’
Music Partisans, dir. Miroslaw Dembinski, Poland, 2007, 52’ (East European Forum 2005)
Stone Silence, dir. Krzysztof Kopczynski, Poland / USA, 2007, 52’ (East European Forum 2005)
Letter to Anna, dir. Eric Bergkraut, Switzerland/Germany, 2008, 83’
Little Bird’s Diary, dir. Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2007, 26’
Blind Loves, dir. Juraj Lehotský, Slovakia, 2008, 77’ (Ex Oriente Film 2006)
Freeheld, dir. Cynthia Wade, USA, 2007, 38’
Klucis. Deconstruction of an Artist, rež. Peteris Krilovs, Latvia, 2008, 90’ (Ex Oriente Film 2005)

- Professional networking meetings during the five days in a friendly and positive environment.


25 selected projects:

Minority Olympics (Aet Laigu, Agne Nelk, Kosmosemutid Ltd.)
Prodigy Between the Notes (Marianna Kaat, Marianna Kaat, Baltic Film Production)
The Debt of Honour (Erik Norkroos, Kristina Norman, Ruhm Puss Null)

The Yatzkans (Hélene Le Coeur, Anna-Celia Kendall-Yatzkan, Ideale Audience)
Mirage of a Russian Village (Luc Thauvin, Cinergie Productions)

Lela Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Ioseb Mtchedlishvili, Koba Tskhakaia, Sakdoc Film)
Fourteen to Eighteen (Nato Kirvalidze, Levan Glonti, ProArt Productions)
Lanchvalian Ariadnes (Kate Kalandarishvili, Mari Gulbiani, Midifilm)
Restaurant ‘Bakhmaro’ and Those Who Work There (Anna Dziapshipa, Salome Jashi, Sakdoc Film)

Return to Lodz (Hans-Wolfgang Pausch,Daniel Petry, Context TV GmbH)

Sounds that the Sun Makes (Inese Boka Grube, Da-vis Si-manis, Mistrus Media)
Inventurers. To Kill Or to Die (Laima Freimane/Uldis Cekulis, Andis Miziss, Screen Vision/VFS)
Snow Crazy (Uldis Cekulis, Laila Pakalnina, Vides Filmu Studija)
Then and Now (Marta Bite, Andis Miziss, Ego Media)

Aging with Joy (Lukas Trimonis, Nominum Films, Lithuania; Valdis Abols, Ilze Ramane, Vides Filmu Studija, Latvia)Canard (Dagne Vildžiunaite, Giedre Žickyte, Just a Moment
Dance in the Desert (Živile Gallego, Agne Marcinkeviciute, Fralita)

Sex, Church & Marriage (Ewa Anna Zukowska, Konrad Szolajski, ZK Studio)
Poland 1939 - Parade Ground of the Master Race (Jacek Kubiak, Jacek Kubiak, Telenowa)
Terrorist (Krzysztof Kopczynski, Eureka Media)

Return to Yourself (Yuliya Utysheva, Anna Tokareva)
Cranberry Island (Anastassia Razlogova, Kamer-Ton-Media)

The Last Cod (Folke Ryden, Ryszard Solarz, Jerzy Sladkovski, Folke Ryden Production)

Euro Chaos 2012 (Ella Shtyka, Dmytro Tiazhlov, New Kyiv)
Transformation (Gennadiy Kofman, Dmitro Konovalov, MaGiKa Film Company)

Leena Pasanen, Managing Director EDN, Denmark
Rada Šešič, Film Consultant, Jan Vrijman Fund, Netherlands
Paul Pauwels, ETMA, France
Tue Steen Müller, Documentary Consultant, Denmark
Antra Cilinska, Juris Podnieks Studio, Latvia
Carmen Cobos, Cobosfilms, Netherlands

Commissioning Editors:
Wim Van Rompae, Lichpunt, Belgium
Mette Hoffmann Meyer, DR, Denmark
Raimo Jorand, EFF, Estonia
Marje Jurtshenko, ERR, Estonia
Erkki Astala, YLE, Finland
Claudia Schreiner, MDR, Germany
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, ZDF/ARTE, Germany
Proinsias Ni Ghrainne, TG4, Ireland
Edgars Trops, LTV, Latvia
Tadas Patalavičius, LRT, Lithuania
Rada Šesic, Jan Vrijman Fund, Netherlands
Vera Bonnier, SVT, Sweden
Flora Gregory, Al-Jazeera English, UK
Nick Fraser, BBC, UK
Cynthia Kane, ITVS, US