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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Close Up showcase at Middle East Now Film Festival 4-9 October 2022

We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our beautiful long-time partnership with the Middle East Now Film Festival, in Florence, Italy, between October 4-9!   […]

Call for Projects Impact Days

You have until 14 October to submit your film to this unique laboratory for socially engaged cinema bringing together filmmakers, producers, NGOs and foundations to develop […]

Call for Applications for Production Awards Program

Call For Applications: Apply now to the Production Awards Program held by Culture Ressource !   The program supports artists and writers from the Arab region, […]

Filmmaker in Focus: Ezatullah Alidost

Today our focus is on the promising filmmaker Ezatullah Alidost,! Ezatullah is co-director of the project Entangled Hopeful Bird and participated in our 2021/2022 Close Up’s […]

Call for Applications The Atlas Workshop

The Call for Applications is open for the Atlas Workshops for Films in production or post-production! As part of the Marrakech Film Festival, the Atlas Workshops […]

Filmmaker in Focus : Nematullah Khosh Ahmadi

Nematullah participated in our 2021/2022 Close Up’s edition with his project DON QUIXOTE OF KABUL. Learn more about the talented and determined filmmaker Nematullah Khosh Ahmadi […]

The Call for Applications is open for the Movies that Matter Film Festival!

The Movies that Matter Film Festival is waiting for your Film!  You have until November 21st to submit your film for the Movies that Matter Festival […]

Let’s Play Soldiers selected for the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Documentary program!

Congratulations to director Mariam Al-Duhubhani, for the selection of her project LET’S PLAY SOLDIERS by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Documentary program. Selected among […]