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News about Baghdad on Fire!

We are really happy to announce that BAGHDAD ON FIRE is selected for Slamdance Film Festival that will take place from January 20-26 in Park City […]

SAVOY will compete in the 2023 FIPADOC documentary section!

Congratulations to Zohar Wagner director of SAVOY – on the film’s selection to the International documentary section of FIPADOC. After a successful premiere at the Jerusalem […]

Happy New Year 2023!

The Close Up team wishes you a happy new year 2023!✨✨✨ May this upcoming year help us in our mission of encouraging, strengthening, and inspiring emerging […]

The first 2022-2023 Close Up workshop was a success!

The first 2022-2023 Close Up workshop was a success! Joining us in Jordan from December 9th to 16th, the seventeen selected filmmakers came from all around […]

Two Close Up projects have been selected to participate at the FIFDH Impact Days in Geneva!

We are proud to announce that two Close Up projects have been selected to participate at the FIFDH Impact Days in Geneva! Among the 110 international […]

Close Up gathering at IDFA 2022!

Greetings from Amsterdam! ✨✨ We are very happy to share with you that we had a Close Up alumni gathering in Amsterdam earlier in November!  It […]

Mariam Al-Dhubhani and Mohammed Al-Jaberi at the Silver Sun Foundation in Woodstock NY!

This is the end of the two weeks long residency fellowship offered by Silver Sun Foundation in Woodstock NY, to the project team of LET’S PLAY […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

40 Years of Silence, Entangled Hopeful Bird and Let’s Play Soldiers selected for MEDIMED 2022

Congratulations to our filmmakers who successfully pitched their projects at MEDIMED, and had the opportunity to meet industry representatives from all over the world! Industry representatives […]

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!   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]