Our Program


Close-Up aims to create Co-Production opportunities for filmmakers from different regions, and strengthen these significant ties.  Documentary filmmakers from the MENA and Europe are dealing with similar quests in their films, questions of identity, discrimination of minorities, gender issues, immigration and the tension that exist between the West and East. Our filmmakers are challenging us to look carefully at our own prejudice, they make us look at the complexities of our societies from a genuine perspective as they are recreating an important narrative with their unique observations.
CLOSE-UP encourages and supports documentary filmmakers from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), this year, however, Close-Up program will focus on a CULTURAL EXCHANGE between MIDDLE EASTERN & NORTH AFRICAN DIRECTORS together with NORDIC EMERGING PRODUCERS.

 Co-Productions between filmmakers from different regions will increase cultural diversity on urgent current global topics and create professional collaborations that will assist filmmakers secure additional funding. Filmmakers has a great need for sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of the international marketplace for documentaries.

This will considerably improve our filmmaker’s prospects of attracting finance for their projects and help them maximize the revenues from their productions.

We are committed to an open dialogue and sharpening the necessary skills and dedication to produce extraordinary films that advance justice, democracy and peaceUtilizing the extensive experience, network, and reputation for excellence harvested over the past 12 years, CLOSE-UP brings together passionate, talented and courageous filmmakers who own a profound understanding of the complexities in their communities. We support them in developing and creating compelling original documentaries that illuminate the most urgent social and political realities of our troubled region.

Methodology & Worskhops


The program will support up to 24 documentary filmmakers a year from diverse ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from across the Middle East, North Africa & the Nordic countries.


The selected filmmakers will be Awarded a Complete Grant covering tuition fee, flight ticket, accommodation and meals during the workshops.The selected Directors will be introduced to Co-Producers from the Nordic Region for potential Co-Production purposes.

The selected filmmakers will participate in three workshops on a tailor-made program by leading mentors in the field of documentary filmmaking, the personal mentors will guide the filmmakers through the creative process of developing a profound Co-production package, including a teaser, which will be presented at the final seminar in the framework of a pitching forum.

The participating filmmakers will advance their skills and understanding on the artistic challenges in documentaries, storytelling techniques, dramaturgy and the effective tools to maximize the potential of a Co-Production. They will acquire knowledge on developing the necessary strategy for a successful Co-Production, learn about budgeting and contracts as well as finance planning and how to find creative financial opportunities.

At the end of each workshop, all participants will be given clear instructions on how to make progress on their projects, in the months leading up to the following workshops. In between workshops, the participating filmmakers will be able to keep in close touch with their personal mentors, via Skype conversations and emails.

At the third and final workshop, the filmmakers will present their projects in a pitching session in front of potential financiers from the international documentary market, such as Sundance Film Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, SVT TV Sweden, Catapult Film Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures NY (supporting women filmmakers), IDFA-Bertha Foundation, ARTE France, MDR Germany, the Jacob Burns Film Center in NY, MEDIMED Industry Market in Spain and others.

The Close-Up program offers prestigious awards for our selected filmmakers. These Awards are part of our inspiring collaborative partnerships with our international partners, Tribeca Film Institute, Medimed Market in Spain, the Jacob Burns Film Center in New York & Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence, Italy.