January 1, 2023

She was not Alone and Concrete Land selected to participate in the Project Market of the Red Sea Film Festival

Congratulations to director Hussein Al-Assadi and producer Huda Al-Kadhimi! Their project SHE WAS NOT ALONE was selected to participate in the Project Market of the Red […]
January 1, 2023

Concrete Land received the Sundance Production Grant!

Congratulations to our 2021/2022 cohort of filmmakers Asmahan Bkerat and Ban Maraqa, whose project CONCRETE LAND received the Sundance Production Grant! A total of 35 projects […]
December 31, 2022

No Other Land received the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe Grant and Let’s Play Soldiers selected for IDFA Producers connection 2022!

Congratulations to directors Basel Adaraa, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor and Hamdan Balal who received the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe Grant for their project NO OTHER LAND. […]
December 31, 2022

Baghdad On Fire aired on Al Jazeera Witness!

We are extremely happy to announce that Baghdad On Fire was aired on Al Jazeera Witnesson October 24 2022!  Baghdad On Fire  participated in Close Up […]
December 31, 2022

Mariam Al-Dhubhani and Mohammed Al-Jaberi’s residency fellowship at Jacob Burns Film Center!

LET’S PLAY SOLDIERS was awarded a 2-weeks post-production residency at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, USA, after their successful pitch at the Close Up Pitching […]
December 31, 2022

Close Up is happy to announce the selected projects for its 2022-2023 edition!!

We are thrilled to announce the 17 selected projects from Southwest Asia and North Africa for the 2022-2023 Close Up program! This year we received more […]
October 2, 2022

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!   […]
September 13, 2022

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 […]
September 13, 2022

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 […]