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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3 days ago
Close Up

We’re so happy to announce that the @criterioncollection is streaming the extraordinarry Close Up film Q directed by Jude Chehab (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021).

The Criterion Channel is an independent streaming service that features an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary films from around the world.

In 2023, Q won two major awards. At the Tribeca premiere, Jude won the Albert Maysles Award for best new documentary director. and following at the Sheffield DocFest, it won the international first feature competition grand jury award. Since then, Q has been screened in many other film festivals and has won several more incredible awards.

Through a generational lens, Q takes us deep into the mysterious, unspoken of world of the Qubaysiat, the regime-loving Sufis turned cult through Jude’s mother, grandmother and her relationship to the group.

Congratulations to Jude Chehab (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021) for this fantastic news!

To learn more about Q and the The Criterion Channel, head to the link in bio.
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We’re so happy to announce that the @criterioncollection is streaming the extraordinarry Close Up film Q directed by Jude Chehab (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021).

The Criterion Channel is an independent streaming service that features an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary films from around the world. 

In 2023, Q won two major awards. At the Tribeca premiere, Jude won the Albert Maysles Award for best new documentary director. and following at the Sheffield DocFest, it won the international first feature competition grand jury award. Since then, Q has been screened in many other film festivals and has won several more incredible awards. 

Through a generational lens, Q takes us deep into the mysterious, unspoken of world of the Qubaysiat, the regime-loving Sufis turned cult through Jude’s mother, grandmother and her relationship to the group.
 
Congratulations to Jude Chehab (Close Up Alumni 2020-2021) for this fantastic news!

To learn more about Q and the The Criterion Channel, head to the link in bio.
5 days ago
Close Up

✨ We are so excited to announce the 2024 winner of the Points North Award as part of our partnership with the wonderful @pointsnorthinstitute in Camden, USA!

OUR FEMININE WARS directed by Zaina Erhaim was awarded to participate in Points North Virtual Industry Meetings!

The Points North Artist Programs team made a statement saying: “We are delighted to select Our Feminine Wars by Zaina Erhaim to participate in Points North Virtual Industry Meetings taking place on September 25-26, 2024. The Points North team congratulate Zaina for her powerful pitch and recognize the originality of her artistic approach, the breadth of the archive, and the urgency of the subject matter given the need for women’s stories in films about Syria.”

Huge congratulations to @zainaerhaim1, we’re so happy for you and this incredible opportunity!
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✨ We are so excited to announce the 2024 winner of the Points North Award as part of our partnership with the wonderful @pointsnorthinstitute in Camden, USA! 

OUR FEMININE WARS directed by Zaina Erhaim was awarded to participate in Points North Virtual Industry Meetings!

The Points North Artist Programs team made a statement saying: “We are delighted to select Our Feminine Wars by Zaina Erhaim to participate in Points North Virtual Industry Meetings taking place on September 25-26, 2024. The Points North team congratulate Zaina for her powerful pitch and recognize the originality of her artistic approach, the breadth of the archive, and the urgency of the subject matter given the need for women’s stories in films about Syria.”

Huge congratulations to @zainaerhaim1, we’re so happy for you and this incredible opportunity!
7 days ago
Close Up

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY! Applications close at 23:59 CET today!

You still have time, so if you have not yet applied to our 2024/2025 Close Up program, now is your last chance! Head to our application page on our website to get started and for more details.

Hit the link in bio and apply now to become part of the Close Up family!
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LAST CHANCE TO APPLY! Applications close at 23:59 CET today!

You still have time, so if you have not yet applied to our 2024/2025 Close Up program, now is your last chance! Head to our application page on our website to get started and for more details.

Hit the link in bio and apply now to become part of the Close Up family!Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment
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