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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 […]

Call for Applications open for Catapult Film Fund Development Grant!

The Catapult Film Fund Development Grant is open for applicants ! The submission deadline is August 31. Catapult Film Fund has already supported 2 Close Up […]

THe Directors Elsadig Mohamed and Abuzar Osman won the Sørfond Award at the Durban FilmMart!

Congratulations to the directors Elsadig Mohamed and Abuzar Osman, and the producer Alyaa Musa, who pitch their project THE CAMERA NEVER CRIES to the 13th edition […]

Zohar Wagner’s project SAVOY won best directing and best editing awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival!

Congratulations to Zohar Wagner, whose film SAVOY premiered at Jerusalem Film Festival last week and won the Diamond Award for Directing and the Diamond Award for Editing! SAVOY participated in Close Up’s 2020 […]

CLOSE UP Call for applications 2022/2023 has ended successfully!

This year again, Close Up Call for applications has ended successfully. We received more than 140 applications for the Close Up 2022-2023 program from all across […]

Jude Chehab selected at Sundance 2022 Producers Summit

The 2022 Sundance Producers Program, which took place at the Sundance Resort in Utah, has selected Jude Chehab (director of the Close-Up mentored project Q), to […]

RESIDENCY AWARDS FOR CLOSE UP FILMMAKERS

After the announcements we had for the WHICKERS BURSARY, DOCS UP FUND, CPH:DOX AND MEDIMED AWARDS in the last few weeks, we are super happy to […]

SAVOY will do its international premiere at the Jerusalem film festival !

Congratulations to Zohar Wagner, filmmaker that participated at the 2020-2021 edition of Close Up, with her film SAVOY! SAVOY traces back the story of Kohava Levi, a […]

OUT OF PLACE received a development grant from the Swedish Film Institute!

Congratulations to director Mohammed Al-Majdalawi whose project OUT OF PLACE received a development grant from the Swedish Film Institute, which promotes contemporary Swedish films of all […]

NOTHING CALLED HOME Selected to Sunny Side of the Doc 2022

NOTHING CALLED HOME has been selected to Sunny Side of the Doc! Congratulations to director Arkus and producer Gargi Chakrabarti! As part of Sunny Side’s New Voices […]

Close Up 2022 / 2023 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Close Up 2022 / 2023 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Close Up is very happy to announce our call for applications for our fourth edition! After an incredibly […]

Haven’t caught the first episode of our podcast yet?

Haven’t caught the first episode of our podcast yet? LISTEN NOW! >> https://tinyurl.com/CloseUpPodcast Our podcast is centered around the notion of cultural legacy is one of […]

Apply Now: Alter-Ciné Foundation Documentary Grant

Filmmakers – apply now to the Alter-Ciné Foundation! The deadline for submissions is AUGUST 15. Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars […]

Close Up Partners with The Whickers

Close Up Partners with The Whickers   We are very happy to announce that a brand new documentary funding award for filmmakers in Southwest Asia And […]

Two Close Up Projects at Sheffield MeetMarket

Two Close Up Projects at Sheffield MeetMarket Two Close Up projects have been selected for Sheffield DocFest MeetMarket pitching forum! We congratulate the filmmakers and wish […]

BAGHDAD ON FIRE in Hot Docs Dealmaker

BAGHDAD ON FIRE in Hot Docs Dealmaker Along with two Close Up projects in Hot Docs Forum, we are thrilled another project will partake in Hot […]

FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: Rachida El Garani

FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: RACHIDA EL GARANI Learn about the talented and determined filmmaker Rachida El Garani! Rachida is a Close Up alumna with her film IN […]

SHE WAS NOT ALONE Wins Culture Resource Production Grant

SHE WAS NOT ALONE Wins Culture Resource Production Grant Congratulations to director Hussein Al-Asadi and producer Huda Al-Kadhimi! Their project – SHE WAS NOT ALONE – […]

Take on Afghanistan at Movies That Matter

Take on Afghanistan at Movies That Matter A few days ago, Movies That Matter hosted an important panel featuring several Close Up filmmakers and friends: Sahra […]

MEET THE MENTORS: Bruni Burres

MEET THE MENTORS: Bruni Burres Learn more about the wonderful Bruni! Bruni has been with Close Up from the very beginning, as a Founding Partner and […]

Apply Now: Catapult + True/False Rough Cut Retreat

Apply Now: Catapult + True/False Rough Cut Retreat Documentary filmmakers – do you have a rough-cut in the works? Yes? Then apply now for the Catapult […]