About Us


We are individual partners who have been working together along this course for 14 years, we have supported more than 200 filmmakers from the Middle East & North Africa.

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 protect 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.

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We support them in developing and creating compelling original documentaries that illuminate the social and political realities of our fraught region.

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SILENT HOUSE Receives Several Honors

One of Close Up’s 2019 / 2020 projects – SILENT HOUSE – has had quite an exciting few months! We are very happy to share below […]

North African Filmmakers: Apply Now for Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund

To our filmmakers from North Africa – you are welcome to apply to the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund! Applications close DECEMBER 1. Established in 2011 […]

Filmmakers: Apply Now for Catapult Film Fund’s Development Grant

CLOSE UP encourages filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa to apply now for Catapult Film Fund’s Development Grant! Submissions close NOVEMBER 30.   Catapult gives […]

Close Up 2021: A Year in Review

Our work is more important now than it ever has before, as art and culture continues to rise beyond national state identities and official political narratives. […]