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Balkan Watchers – Media Program for Documentary Films and Podcasts

Organisation: Balkan Documentary Center

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Training and Education
  • Investigative journalism

Funding Size: €5,000 - 25,000

Deadline: 01/03/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria
    – Must be a journalist, filmmaker activist working on documentary film projects or podcasts;                          – Projects should be in late development or production.                                                                                  – Must be based in one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: Europe
  • Application Language: English

Balkan Documentary Center is happy to present a new training and funding opportunity. The new initiative Balkan Watchers – Media Program for Documentary Films and Podcasts, aims to amplify the voices engaged in investigative and independent journalism, through documentaries and podcasts as alternative forms of critical reporting.

The media program is organized in three working modules:

  • Bucharest (April 2024) – during The International Documentary Film and Human Rights Festival One World Romania – dedicated to project development
  • Online module (August/September 2024) – dedicated to pitching preparation
  • Sofia (October 2024) – during Sofia Documental – pitching and selection of the 6 funded projects.
Selection Process
  • 10 films and 10 podcasts will be selected for training.
  • 3 films and 3 podcasts out of them will receive financial support (25,000 EUR for each film, 5000 EUR for each podcast).

All supported projects are expected to be completed within 1 to 2 years after the event.

  • Project Submission Deadline: 01 March 2024
  • Announcements of results: mid-March 2024
  • First module: April 2024 – during One World Romania
  • Second module – online- end of August
  • Third module: October 2024, during Sofia Documental

Click here to apply.

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