Collaborative Partnership


We established important professional ties with prestigious documentary film funds and cinema institutions such as Sundance Film Institute, Blue-Ice Docs, Doc’s Up Fund, Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Netherlands, Chicken & Egg Pictures, MEDIMED  The Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market & Pitching Forum  , Spain, Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence, Italy, The Jacob Burns Film Center in New York that offers our filmmakers a FELLOWSHIP AWARD for a residency in Pleasantville, NY. Silver Sun Foundation that offers our filmmakers a Residency Award in Woodstock, NY

These significant collaborations with the most prestigious film institutions and TV channels in the international documentary industry are significant to the succus of our filmmakers and were created in order to provide substantial opportunities and support for their projects. These collaborations assist our filmmakers to push their projects further towards completing high standards Co-Productions and network with highly acclaimed professionals.


The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes.

Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling.

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Recent projects include Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, Laura Poitras’ CITIZENFOUR, Feras Fayyad’s Last Men In Aleppo, RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, Yance Ford’s Strong Island, and Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro.


Middle East Now Film Festival (MENFF) in Florence, Italy, is a festival of cinema, documentaries and visual arts on the contemporary Middle East.

The festival is a vibrant boutique festival, with great appeal to the general public and to the press, and has established itself as a platform to showcase what is new in Middle Eastern contemporary cinema and culture.

MENF & Close-up partnership will offer a great opportunity to MENA filmmakers to screen their films at this special film festival, including screening of work in progress, Q&A sessions and discussions with a diverse audience as well as Italian filmmakers. Close-Up directors and producers will have the opportunity to network with a wonderful community filmmaker from around the Middle East & North Africa as well as international experts and filmmakers.


Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit film and education hub located on a three-building campus in the New York Metro area.

Since opening in 2001, millions of people have enjoyed the best of current American and foreign cinema, unique film series, and special events at the five-screen theater complex. The JBFC brings the transformative power of film to the surrounding community through unique programming and discussions, educational initiatives, filmmaking fellowships, and residencies.

Annually, the JBFC awards a four–six week residency in our Creative Culture program to a Close-Up film project. Awarded film teams of two receive housing, a private editing suite, a weekly stipend, paid travel and access to the resources available at the Media Arts Lab and JBFC Theater.

Beyond a residency, the JBFC is committed to curating select films developed in the Close-Up program for exhibition at our theater. The JBFC is also a fiscal sponsor of Close-Up.

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

They envision an inclusive media industry in which women and gender non-conforming filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, and build sustainable and fulfilling careers.

The Chicken & Egg partnership with Close-Up is a fantastic opportunity for women filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa to have access to an abundance of advantages, including, grants and programs. It will include the presence of Chicken & Egg at the Close-Up Final Pitching Forum event. The alliance is based on the mutual objective of both entities to support women filmmakers from diverse background, culture, religion and ethnicities.


The Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market & Pitching Forum takes place every year in October, in Sitges (Barcelona).

The Pitching Forum, the Speedy-Pitch Meetings and the ANTI-pitch program are specially designed to help producers find the finance needed to complete their projects at any stage of development.

The partnership between Medimed and Close-Up will provide filmmakers with a substantial advantage in developing their films. This exceptional collaboration will enable 2-4 Close-Up selected filmmakers’ an access to more than 60 decision-makers, buyers, commissioning editors, sales agents, and distributors. The filmmakers will be given the opportunity to attend meaningful pitching sessions. They will also be present for one-on-one meetings as well as inspirational panel discussions and presentations. Lastly, filmmakers will stay updated on the latest trends at the international market for documentaries and will be given the chance to network with old and new friends during fruitful days and groovy nights.

The Silver Sun Foundation, founded by our wonderful partner Karen Sloe Goodman, generously offers to our filmmakers a Residency Award in Woodstock, NY.

As part of our creative collaboration, the selected filmmakers will be invited to work in the beautiful calm environment, surrounded by an inspiring community at Silver Sun Foundation.We are thankful for the precious support & wonderful opportunity they continue to provide to our filmmakers.

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Movies That Matter has for mission to open eyes to human rights. They use film to stir the debate on human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice. They believe that film has the unprecedented capacity to raise awareness and provide new insight.

Close-Up initiated a new wonderful collaboration with Margje de Koning, the Artist Director of Movies that Matter Film Festival.
During the 2021 Movies that Matter festival, filmmakers from CLOSE UP will be invited to screen their rough cuts, work on their impact campaigns and get inspired by meeting filmmakers from all over the world. Movies that Matter will offer a tailor-made program for them with experts to make their films stronger and design impact for their film. They will meet with other filmmakers, follow masterclasses and debates, all in order to empower their incredible work as filmmakers.