About Us

Close Up is a training, development, and mentorship program for documentary filmmakers from
Southwest Asia and North Africa.

Positioned at the intersection of arts, media, social change, and peace-building, Close Up is the only initiative of its kind in the region, creating a transformational experience for emerging filmmakers, coming from diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and political backgrounds, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Close Up was founded as a non-profit organization in Brussels, Belgium by five independent partners who collectively believe that working with emerging filmmakers from our region is essential to creating and maintaining cultural awareness and protecting our future. The partners include: Sigal Yehuda, Ahmet Boyacioglu, Bruni Burres, John Appel and Vincent Melilli.

Our Program

We support filmmakers in developing and creating compelling documentaries that illuminate the social and political realities of our complex and ever-changing region.

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15 hours ago
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Congratulations to the Close Up filmmakers Ilyas Yourish the director of Kamay - کمَی Samira El Mouzghibati the director of @lesmiennes
Basel Adra Yuval Abraham @hamdan balal @rachel Szor the directors of No Other Land for these Amazing Awards Visions du Réel, so much deserved! So proud of you! 👏🏽💐💖
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Congratulations to the Close Up filmmakers Ilyas Yourish the director of Kamay - کمَی Samira El Mouzghibati the director of @lesmiennes 
Basel Adra Yuval Abraham @hamdan balal @rachel Szor the directors of No Other Land for these Amazing Awards Visions du Réel, so much deserved! So proud of you! 👏🏽💐💖Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
22 hours ago
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A Wonderful Award for Kamay - کمَی at Visions du Réel !
Congratulations Ilyas Yourish Hanne Phlypo Evelien De Graef Serge Gordey Joelle Alexis and the entire team!WAAW. KAMAY received the interreligious award at Visions du Réel tonight. 🙏 Thank you for this amazing acknowledgement.

Jury statement 🖋
"The film’s poetry, unfolding in the narrative of a sister, embodies the relentless and courageous yet ultimately hopeless fight against an unjust and misogynistic regime. The family members remain united in their dignity and love for each other. The decision of the interreligious jury was unanimous. The visual language and unique storytelling of the awarded film, gradually impact the audience. Through observing the pain and suffering of Afghan women, the directors have created a unique work. The only response to it can lie in human dignity". 🖤

🤝Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Shelterprod, Taxshelter.be & ING, Taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government, TorinoFilmLab, Creative Europe-MEDIA Programme of the European Union, World Cinema Fund, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Open Society Foundations, Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD), DMZdocs, IDFA Bertha Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Doc's Up Fund, Fonds Pascal Decroos voor bijzondere journalistiek, Close-up Initiative, Sabam, InMaat Foundation, CBA - Centre de l'audiovisuel à Bruxelles, Open Doors Locarno, Badam film fund, CAT&Docs, See-Through Films, Clin d'oeil films, ROW Pictures, Temps Noir, exec produced by Fatima Khavari.
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A Wonderful Award for Kamay - کمَی at Visions du Réel ! 
Congratulations Ilyas Yourish Hanne Phlypo Evelien De Graef Serge Gordey Joelle Alexis and the entire team!
1 day ago
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🎬✨ Call for applications! The 16th @DMZDocs is set to unfold from September 26th to October 2nd, 2024, in Goyang City and Paju City, Gyeonggi, South Korea, and they are calling for brave and beautiful new documentaries to grace their screens! 🌟 Check out the details and regulations below for your chance to take part.

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs) aims to promote ‘peace, life and communication,’ the values represented by the site of DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in Korean Peninsula, through arts in documentary form. As one of the leading international documentary film festivals based in Asia, DMZ Docs introduces a wide range of documentaries from Korea and abroad and provides a platform for the filmmakers and industry professionals to meet and find better opportunities.

Application due dates: International Competition (Features): March 4, 10:00 - May 3, 17:00, 2024 (KST)
Korean Competition (Features and Shorts): March 4, 10:00 - May 31, 17:00, 2024 (KST)

International Competition (Features): Open to documentary films over 60 mins from all around the world, including Korea. Films should be completed after January 1st, 2023, and should have its Asian Premiere at the 16th DMZ Docs.
Korean Competition (Features and Shorts): Documentary films of feature or short length in which a person or a company residing in Korea played a significant role in its production, or which consist of human and/or material aspects that meet the criteria for approval as a Korean film. Films should be completed after January 1st, 2023, and should have its World Premiere at the 16th DMZ Docs.

🔗 Find more information on the festival and application process at entry.dmzdocs.com/en .🌍✨ #DMZDocs #documentaryfilmfestival
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🎬✨ Call for applications! The 16th @DMZDocs is set to unfold from September 26th to October 2nd, 2024, in Goyang City and Paju City, Gyeonggi, South Korea, and they are calling for brave and beautiful new documentaries to grace their screens! 🌟 Check out the details and regulations below for your chance to take part.

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs) aims to promote ‘peace, life and communication,’ the values represented by the site of DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in Korean Peninsula, through arts in documentary form. As one of the leading international documentary film festivals based in Asia, DMZ Docs introduces a wide range of documentaries from Korea and abroad and provides a platform for the filmmakers and industry professionals to meet and find better opportunities.

Application due dates: International Competition (Features): March 4, 10:00 - May 3, 17:00, 2024 (KST)
Korean Competition (Features and Shorts): March 4, 10:00 - May 31, 17:00, 2024 (KST)

International Competition (Features): Open to documentary films over 60 mins from all around the world, including Korea. Films should be completed after January 1st, 2023, and should have its Asian Premiere at the 16th DMZ Docs.
Korean Competition (Features and Shorts): Documentary films of feature or short length in which a person or a company residing in Korea played a significant role in its production, or which consist of human and/or material aspects that meet the criteria for approval as a Korean film. Films should be completed after January 1st, 2023, and should have its World Premiere at the 16th DMZ Docs.

🔗 Find more information on the festival and application process at entry.dmzdocs.com/en .🌍✨ #DMZDocs #documentaryfilmfestival
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